Nottingham Forest Under-23s suffered defeat at the hands of Stoke City last night. A late goal from Douglas James-Taylor ensured that a first-half penalty miss by Cafu proved costly.

It was a pretty strong line-up chosen by Andy Reid. Tyrese Fornah captained the team, with Cafu, Mohamed Drager, Fin Back, Jayden Richardson and Xande Silva all starting the game.

The in-form Will Swan dropped to the bench, with Julian Larsson leading the line through the middle.

Interestingly, Reid lined up with a 3-4-3, akin to the one which has seen Steve Cooper revive Forest’s fortunes of late.

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Reid’s team have made a pretty good start to life in Premier League 2. The Reds made the step up after securing category one academy status earlier this year.

This was a setback but in truth, there wasn’t much in the game. Had Cafu not forced a good save out of Nathan Broome from the penalty spot, the game might have been different.

Forest are next in action when they face a long trip to Fulham on Friday night. Reid will be hoping to get back to winning ways after two defeats on the bounce.

From bad to worse: Cafu in Forest limbo

It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for the Reds midfielder. He was integral under Chris Hughton last season but now finds himself way out of contention.

Given the form of Jack Colback and the re-signing of James Garner, Cafu is now out of the first-team picture.

He played 90 minutes of a 1-0 defeat to Stoke in August but hasn’t made a league appearance since. He hasn’t been in the squad once since Cooper arrived either.

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At 28, Cafu really needs to be playing football. That could see him seek a move in January with Cooper unlikely to have him back involved in the first-team anytime soon.

The Portuguese performer has done okay when called upon for Forest. With Fornah and Oli Hammond emerging through the ranks though, perhaps it’s best for all parties if Cafu is moved on when the window reopens.

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