Nottingham Forest Under-23s drew inspiration from the first team by thrashing Aston Villa 4-1 at the Nigel Doughty Academy.

Forest trailed at the break after Brad Young scored after just 16 minutes.

At that point, the Reds might have been worried that history could repeat itself. In August, Forest were beaten 5-2 by Villa in their opening Premier League 2 match.

Forest are getting used to their higher standard of under-23 football though and this represents a massive win.

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Second-half strikes from Fin Back, Billy Fewster and a brace from Julian Larsson gave Andy Reid’s young team a deserved win.

It was the form of Back that would have really delighted Steve Cooper.

The Forest boss is always keeping tabs on the players coming through and Back is no stranger to the first-team fold.

Earlier in the campaign, he was called upon at a time when injuries started to stack up for the Reds.

The 19-year-old made five appearances for the first team and didn’t disgrace himself whatsoever.

He showcased maturity way beyond his tender years, coped well against older players and seemed to relish the opportunity to play in front of a crowd.

Back has made just one appearance for Cooper. He was called upon with Djed Spence ineligible to face parent club Middlesbrough on Boxing Day.

On that day he did struggle with Onel Hernandez in the opening 30 minutes but after that, he settled down and produced a pretty solid performance.

Future star: Back will get more Forest chances

The talented teenager is definitely a star of the future at the City Ground.

Right now, the challenge for him is to keep learning his trade with the under-23 ranks and hopefully force his way into Cooper’s plans for next season.

Back’s performances at under-23 level have been brilliant.

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He is capable of playing as part of a flat back four, or as a right wing-back as he did against Villa this evening.

Cooper is a manager accustomed to giving young players opportunities at first-team level.

Having already tasted the senior ranks, Back will be keen to receive more game time as he progresses.

Performances like the one he produced against a good Villa outfit will do him no harm at all and this was a timely reminder of his quality to Cooper.

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