Four without defeat for U23s
A Fredrick Ulvestad goal this afternoon gave Burnley a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest and extended our unbeaten run to four games in league and cup.
Having lost four consecutive games, a 0-0 draw at Hull had been followed by wins at Newcastle (4-3) in the Premier League Cup and Monday’s 1-0 league victory against Leeds, while today we took a first half lead before being pegged back early in the second half.
Our goal came midway through that first half when Ulvestad headed home from a corner at the far post but Forest came back at us with both Lewis Walters and Aaron Smith, one of the leading goalscorers in the league, both having opportunities which they failed to take. Walters also saw an effort tipped over by Adam Legzdins.
We still led at half time but four minutes into the second half the lead was lost when Matty Cash turned in a Walters cross.
The game could have gone either way, but it was Burnley who came closest with goalkeeper Stephen Henderson saving from Khius Metz right at the end.
It was another positive performance and, more importantly, the game did provide Dean Marney and Nahki Wells with some game time as they come back from injuries with Marney playing the first half and Wells staying on for the first hour.
“I felt good,” Marney said. “It’s been a long time. A lot of hard work has gone into that and it’s way ahead of schedule really, which is good, so I was really happy.”
Wells said after the game: “It was good to get some minutes under my belt after a long three or four months. My fitness is lacking but that’s going to come in the next couple of weeks. In training I have felt really well, but there’s nothing like playing a match.”
The teams at the City Ground were;
Nottingham Forest: Stephen Henderson, Jayden Richardson, Adam Crookes, Anel Ahmedhodzic, Ethan Stewart, David Vaughan, Matty Cash, Aaron Smith (Arvin Appiah 63), Lewis Walters, Virgil Gomis (Kieran Hayes 83), Toby Edser (Elvis Otim 63). Subs not used: Liam Bossin, Jake Taylor.
Burnley: Adam Legzdins, Arlen Birch, Harry Flowers, Oliver Younger, Ali Koiki, Olatunde Bayode (Jamie Thomas 87), Dean Marney (Rahis Nabi ht), Fredrik Ulvestad, Dwight McNeil, Nashé Chakwana, Nahki Wells (Khius Metz 60). Subs not used: Aidan Stone, James Clarke.Share this page :