Nottingham Forest Under 23s earned a 1-1 draw against Burnley at The City Ground this afternoon.
Freddy Ulvestad nodded the visitors into the lead after Forest failed to clear the ball from a corner but Matty Cash earned The Reds a point when he fired home the leveller just four minutes into the second half.
Gary Brazil named a strong side with David Vaughan and Cash starting in the heart of the midfield as they stepped up their recovery from injury while Stephen Henderson took his place in The Reds' goal.
Forest dominated the opening stages with Vaughan, Cash and Toby Edser heavily involved. It was Burnley who carved out the first real opportunity though when a mistake from Anel Ahmedhodzic allowed Nahki Wells to race through before squaring the ball to Tinashe Chakwana who failed to get on the end of it.
Cash looked lively for The Reds and he created a good chance when he played through Lewis Walters but he could only fire at Adam Legzdins in the Burnley goal.
But on 22 minutes the visitors took the lead through Ulvestad. After Forest failed to deal with a corner, Dwight McNeil lofted a ball towards the back post and Ulvestad nodded home past Henderson.
Referee Simon Mather showed the first yellow card on 30 minutes when Harry Flowers went into the book for a late challenge on Virgil Gomis as he looked to get away down the left flank.
The home side struggled to dominate the ball as they had done in the opening stages after the goal but a huge chance fell their way on 34 minutes. Some fantastic pressure from Cash forced Ali Koiki into a mistake, gifting the ball to Walters, he dinked the ball towards Cash once again before Aaron Smith blazed the ball over the bar.
Walters then created another opportunity just moments later. Forcing his way into the box, the youngster’s audacious chip fell on to the roof of the net but Forest went into the break a goal down.
Burnley made one change at half-time with experienced central midfielder Dean Marney being replaced by Rahis Nabi.
It took just four minutes of the second half for The Reds to equalise and it was Cash who grabbed the goal after some fine play. An excellent through-ball played in Walters and he used his pace to race through before he pulled it back for Cash to fire into the net.
Forest’s first yellow card of the match came from Adam Crookes after he clattered into Chakwana on the halfway line leaving the referee no choice but to brandish a card.
Minutes later, Burnley had another wonderful chance to regain the lead. After Forest failed to clear the ball, the ball fell the way of McNeil who got his shot horribly wrong by blasting it over.
Looking to take control of the match after some Burnley control, Gary Brazil made his first substitutions of the game by bringing on Arvin Appiah and Elvis Otim for Smith and Edser.
It was end-to-end stuff at The City Ground on 69 minutes with chances for both sides. A delicate chip through was prodded towards goal by Cash but Legzdins did well to block the shot. On the counter, Burnley raced forward through Koiki who put in a cross that Forest eventually cleared.
A big chance fell The Reds’ way with just over ten minutes remaining when Cash won a free-kick on the edge of the area. Cash stepped up to take it but his low effort whistled just wide of the goal.
Two yellow cards in quick succession followed after Appiah picked up a yellow when he clattered into Tunde Bayode before Oliver Younger cynically brought down Cash as he tried to race through on goal.
Forest made their final substitution on 83 minutes with Virgil Gomis coming off to be replaced by Kieran Hayes but the game in a draw with neither side able to find the crucial winning goal.
Forest: Henderson, Richardson, Crookes, Ahmedhodzic, Stewart, Vaughan, Cash, Smith (Otim 63'), Walters, Gomis (Hayes 83'), Edser (Appiah 63')
Subs not used: Bossin, Taylor
Goal: Cash 49'
Bookings: Crookes 53', Appiah 81'
Burnley: Legzdins, Birch, Koiki, Ulvestad, Flowers, Younger, Bayode (Thomas 88'), Marney (Nabi 46'), Wells (Metz 59'), Chakwana, McNeil
Subs not used: Stone, Clarke
Goal: Ulvestad 22'
Bookings: Flowers 30', Younger 82'