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Nottingham Forest U23 2 Burnley U23 1

6 April 2019

The Clarets fell to a 2-1 defeat as first team experience helped Forest take all three points on a windy afternoon at the Nigel Doughty Training Ground.

The hosts boasted a wealth of first team experience, as former Leeds United and West Ham defender Sam Byram lined up alongside ex-Derby County forward Jamie Ward and Portuguese defender Tobias Figureido.
 
And Forest got off to a dream start as Byram broke down the right before crossing for Ward, who was lurking in the area to slot home past Aiden Stone.
 
The Clarets’ first real chance was when Tinashe Chakwana was fed through on goal after beating the Forest back-line, however Forest midfielder Tyrese Fornah intercepted the strikers run, before clearing the danger.
 
The break saw Steve Stone introduce Josh Benson as he makes his way back to full fitness, along with Dan Agyei, as Mark Howarth and Will Harris made way.
 
However, despite the visitors pushing for an equaliser it was Forest who struck again, as substitute Yasser El-Neyah fired low past Stone with 20 minutes to go.
 
Shortly after, Burnley came close to pulling one back, as Benson’s free-kick from the edge of the area sailed just over the bar.
 
And just as it looked not to be the Clarets’ afternoon, Benson pulled up and had to be replaced by James Clarke with five minutes to go.
 
However, Stone’s side did pull a consolation goal back in the last minute, as Bobby Thomas glanced a header home past Wright.
 
Burnley: Stone, Cropper, Thomas, Wilson, Glennon, Bayode, Howarth (Benson HT Clarke 84), N’Guessan, Chakwana, Harris (Agyei HT)
Harker.
 
Subs: Calderbank-Park, Perkins.
 
Forest: Wright, Byram, Preston, Taylor, Figureido, Stewart, Ward, Fornah, Hayes, Johnson, Mighten.
 

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