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Nottingham Forest U23s 3-1 Hull City U23s: Match Report

6 October 2020

The Tigers suffered their first defeat of the season after losing 3-1 to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Goals from Yassine En-Neyah, Ateef Konate and Ethan Dekel-Daks condemned the Tigers to defeat, despite Josh Hinds scoring a consolation.

Richard Naylor and Andy Dawson made nine changes to the starting eleven that defeated Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at the KCOM Stadium last time out. George Long, Lewie Coyle, Brandon Fleming, Dan Batty, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves, Callum Jones, Billy Chadwick and Thomas Mayer were all replaced as only James Berry and Max Sheaf retained their position in the team.

The hosts created a few opportunities early on as En-Neyah tested Harvey Cartwright from point-blank range. Konate was next to take aim, firing his shot over the bar, before Jordan Wright was sharp off his line to stop Berry connecting with Jordan Hickey’s pass.

Cartwright was tested again by En-Neyah as the goalkeeper held his shot, before Matty Jacob produced a good block to deny Joe Lolley. Will Swan then headed wide from En-Neyah’s cross, before Virgil Gomis curled his first-timed effort over the bar.

McCauley Snelgrove was unlucky as he saw his header blocked by Riley Harbottle, before Forest took the lead. Gomis picked out the run of En-Neyah at the back post and he headed his effort past a stranded Cartwright.

The hosts looked for a second as Harry Wood blocked Lolley’s effort, before Cartwright saved well with his feet to deny En-Neyah. Ahmed Salam did have a chance for the Tigers before half-time, but his volley was blocked by Rezart Rama. 

In the second-half, it took Forest just three minutes to score their second. After Cartwright initially saved Lolley’s effort, Konate, from the edge of the penalty area, curled his shot into the top corner to double Forest’s lead. 

It could have been three moments later as Cartwright denied Gomis, before Swan fired wide after racing through on goal. Forest scored their third just past the hour mark as Dekel-Daks created space for himself in the penalty area, before placing his shot into the bottom corner.

The Tigers did pull one back through Hinds as he latched onto Jordan Wright’s loose clearance and the winger fired his low shot into the corner to reduce the deficit. Despite the Tigers pushing forward, it was Forest who created the majority of chances in the last quarter of an hour, as Cartwright saved from Alex Gibson-Hammond and Swan, before the latter saw his effort blocked by Danny Lupano.

Cartwright was called into action one more time late on as he saved from Konate as the Tigers suffered their first defeat in the U23 Professional Development League.

Nottingham Forest: Jordan Wright (GK), Malique Spooner (Alex Gibson-Hammond 64’) Sam Sanders, Josh Barnes, Rezart Rama, Riley Harbottle (C), Virgil Gomis (Elliot Andrew 83’), Yassine En-Neyah (Ethan Dekel-Daks 64’), Will Swan, Ateef Konate, Joe Lolley.

Subs Not Used: George Shelvey (GK), Adrian Galliani.

Hull City: Harvey Cartwright, Danny Lupano, Matty Jacob, Jordan Hickey (C), Ryan Hanson, Andy Smith, McCauley Snelgrove (Josh Hinds 73’), Harry Wood (Louis Beckett 53’), James Berry, Max Sheaf, Ahmed Salam.

Subs Not Used: David Robson (GK), Oliver Green, Jevon Mills.

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