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The under-23s brought their losing run to an end with a 1-1 home draw against Nottingham Forest this afternoon at Gawthorpe but for the fourth time this season we ended the game with ten men after receiving a red card.

We started this afternoon’s game with Anthony Gomez Mancini in the starting line up and Ne-Jai Tucker on the bench. With absolutely nothing reported by the club, it can only be assumed that they’ve both been injured; it’s some time since Gomez Mancini played while Tucker has been missing in recent games.

Tucker wasn’t on the bench for too long; he replaced Joe McGlynn, the only striker in the team, midway through the first half after McGlynn had accidentally been kicked in the face and soon afterwards we were in front with midfielder Ben Woods (pictured) scoring from the edge of the box on the half hour.

We looked likely to add more goals but less than five minutes into the second half we lost central defender Jacob Bedeau to the red card after he was ruled to have prevented a goalscoring opportunity.

We had to shuffle things but Forest drew level just over twenty minutes into the half with Oliver Hammond netting from close range and it was the visitors who looked the more likely after that with Sam Waller in goal making a couple of good saves although we were so close to snatching a win at the end with Jake Rooney hitting the post following a corner.

The teams were;

Burnley: Sam Waller, Ethen Vaughan, Jake Rooney, Jacob Bedeau, Finlay Armstrong (Harry Williams 90+5), Dara Costelloe, Mark Helm, Ben Woods, Owen Dodgson, Joe McGlynn (Ne-Jai Tucker 22), Anthony Gomez Mancini (Jacson Coppack ht). Subs not used: Lewis Thomas, Calen Gallagher-Allison.

Nottingham Forest: Jordan Wright, Finley Back, Aaron Donnelly, Tyrese Fornah, Sam Sanders, Josh Barnes, Alexander Gibson-Hammond (Billy Fewster 87), Oliver Hammond, Lewis Salmon (Dale Taylor 55), Ateef Konate, Julian Larsson. Subs not used: Aaron Bott, James Clarridge, Sam Collins.

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