U23s Report: Nott'm Forest 3 The Tigers 0
Goals from Arvin Appiah, Anel Ahmedhodzic and Brennan Johnson saw the Tigers' Under-23s slip to a frustrating 3-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the Impact Arena on Monday night.
The hosts opened the scoring on 28 minutes when Appiah beat the offside trap to latch onto Ahmedhodzic's defence-splitting pass before producing a composed finish to slot the ball past Will Mannion.
Josh Clackstone came close to levelling the scores six minutes before the break when his superb curling free-kick was heading for the top corner until Forest keeper Tim Erlandsson produced a fingertip save to divert the ball past the wrong side of the post.
However, the hosts doubled their lead just three minutes into the second half when Ahmedhodzic lost his man to meet a right-wing corner and power home an unstoppable header into the bottom corner.
Jon Beale made a triple change on the hour mark as he looked to engineer a route back into the game with Greg Luer, Billy Chadwick and Liam Edwards replacing Tom Powell, Max Sheaf and Fergus McAughtrie.
And one of the new arrivals carved out a glorious opportunity for the Tigers just five minutes later. Luer showed good strength to hold off his man on the right before sending a cross into the box towards Greg Olley, but the midfielder was off target with his diving header from eight yards.
The Tigers were beginning to get a foothold in the game at this point and were awarded a penalty 18 minutes from time when Luer was fouled inside the box by Jordan Gabriel. Robbie McKenzie stepped up to take the spot-kick but sent his effort from 12 yards high over the bar.
And to add insult to injury, Forest made certain of the points with a third goal six minutes later. Substitute Brennan Johnson drove forward down the left, advancing into the box before finding the bottom corner with a fine finish that gave Mannion no chance whatsoever.
Nottingham Forest: Erlandsson, Coveney, Preston, Hobbs (Gabriel 46), Ahmedhodzic, Stewart, Richardson (Smith 75), Charlesworth, Walters, Appiah (Johnson 56), Otim.
Subs Not Used: Bossin, McCormick.
Hull City: Mannion, Clackstone, Yates, Hickey, McKenzie, Curry, Hamilton, Sheaf (Chadwick 60), Powell (Luer 60), Olley, McAughtrie (Edwards 60).
Subs Not Used: Saltmer, Ritson.