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Preview: U23s vs Nottingham Forest (a)

Preview: U23s vs Nottingham Forest (a)

All you need to know ahead of Monday night's Professional Development League clash with the Reds...

Fixture: Nottingham Forest U23s vs Hull City U23s
Where: The Impact Arena
When: Monday 5th March 2018
Kick-Off: 7pm

The Under-23s are back in action on Monday afternoon when they make the short trip to Sheffield Wednesday in their latest Professional Development League North clash.

The Tigers head into the match looking to build on last week's 2-1 home win over Barnsley, which saw Jon Beale's side move up into fourth place in the table, two points behind second-placed Sheffield United and a further three points adrift of league leaders Bolton Wanderers.

Forest, meanwhile, are looking to bounce back from a poor run of form during February that saw them lose five of their six games in all competitions, including heavy defeats away at Leeds (1-5) and at home to Sheffield United (0-5). One point gained from their last three league fixtures, and a raft of postponed fixtures, have seen Forest drop out of the play-off places in the North table although they do have a number of games in hand over all of their closest rivals for a top-two spot.

Monday evening's Professional Development League clash will take place at the home of Alfreton Town's Impact Arena -  and will kick-off at 7pm. Match updates will be available via Twitter by following @Tigers_Academy, while a match report will be available on both and

Please note there will be an 11.30am pitch inspection to determine whether or not the game can go ahead. The tough weather conditions throughout last week took their toll on the pitch at the Impact Arena and a local referee will visit the ground to see if the surface is playable.

How They Fare: Nottingham Forest U23s
League Position: 5th (Professional Development League North)
League Wins: 8
League Draws: 7
League Defeats: 4
League Goals Scored: 39
League Goals Conceded: 37
Form: L L D L L

Last Time Out: Middlesbrough 1 Nottingham Forest 0
Nottingham Forest exited the Premier League Cup with a 1-0 defeat in their final Group Stage fixture against Middlesbrough.

Knowing that a win for either side would take them through to the last 16 of the competition, it was Boro who progressed from the group stage alongside Derby County with a victory at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park.

Luke Armstrong’s goal proved to be the difference on the half-hour mark, with his header crashing down off the crossbar and the officials judging the ball to have crossed the line.

Nottingham Forest: Erlandsson, Gabriel (Richardson 90’), Preston, Otim, Stewart, Ahmedhodzic, Appiah, Edser (c), Gomis, Smith, En-Neyah (Charlesworth 62’)
Subs Not Used: Bossin, Harbottle.