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Reid frustrated as Under 23s lose to Birmingham

Nottingham Forest Under 23s head coach Andy Reid was left frustrated as his side fell to a 1-0 defeat against Birmingham City this afternoon.

A second-half penalty from Adan George was the deciding factor in the clash at Leamington FC and Reid expects a response from his side in the games to come.

He said: “It was a frustrating afternoon for us all, the game never really sparked into life, there was nothing in it. It could have easily been 0-0 but for a poor penalty we gave away.

“There were some positive performances but not enough for us to deserve a win. The quality in the final third let us down today.

“We will pick ourselves up and go again, resilience is something this group has shown in abundance so I fully expect a positive response in the coming weeks.”

Alex Gibson Hammond and Fin Back created openings for The Reds during a goalless first half but a strong response after the break by Birmingham led to them taking the lead from the penalty spot on 57 minutes after Riley Harbottle commited a foul in the area.

Abdoulaye Diallo produced some good saves in goal for The Reds and Yassine En-Neyah was denied by a fingertip stop late on but Forest suffered defeat against The Blues.

Forest: Diallo, Back, Preston, Fernandes, Sanders (Hammond 60′), Harbottle, Dekel-Daks, Barnes (Taylor 80′), En-Neyah, Gibson-Hammond, Asare (Gomis 66′)

Unused subs: Statham, McDonnell

Booking: Harbottle 44′

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