A young Nottingham Forest side was brought back down to earth with a bump in the Under-23 Premier League Cup last night.

The Reds, led by Andy Reid, were thrashed 6-2 by QPR in the capital as Forest took the chance to blood some youngsters.

Zach Abbott swapped the classroom for his under-23 debut; whilst Pharrell Johnson, Josh Powell and Jack Nadin were also promoted from the under-18s.

Jayden Richardson, Ateef Konate, Xande Silva and Will Swan did provide some experience in the starting line-up.

QPR were rampant though. Goals from Stephen Duke-McKenna (2), Ody Alfa (2), Aaron Drewe and Sean Adarkwa saw the hosts home.

It proved a tough night at the office for Reid’s team, although their priorities this season will lie in the Premier League 2 campaign.

Forest’s goals came from Ateef Konate and Lewis Salmon, with the latter scoring for the first time since joining in the summer.

The Reds are next in Premier League 2 action when they visit Stoke City on Monday night.

Reid will hope his team can bounce back from this setback and maintain their strong league form next week.

Positive showing: Konate scores again for Forest

After making his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup clash against Bradford earlier this season, the young Frenchman has kicked on.

He has scored twice and claimed one assist in the Premier League 2 campaign and his performances have been largely impressive.

Konate was a signing from French club Le Havre and he’ll hope to win more first-team opportunities in the future.

Nottingham Forest v Bradford City - Carabao Cup First Round
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He typically operates on the left-hand side, although he can play as a number 10.

Konate,20, was a frequent goalscorer at under-23 level last season for Forest. As a result, he appears to be a very bright player for the future and one fancied by the club.

If he continues to develop in current fashion, supporters might just see him strutting his stuff for the first team in the near future.

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