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Nottingham Forest PL2 vs Newcastle United Under 23s at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

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FT 22nd November 2021 7:00 PM (GMT)

The Impact Arena

Premier League 2

Referee : Matthew Dicicco

22nd November 2021 7:00 PM (GMT)

Nottingham Forest Under-23s 1 Newcastle United Under-23s 3

Attendance:
252
Referee:
Matthew Dicicco

Elliot Anderson netted a hat-trick as Newcastle United Under-23s returned to winning ways in the Premier League 2 with a 3-1 away win at Nottingham Forest on Monday evening.

The young Magpies gained an early lead at the Impact Arena through Anderson's penalty after Joe White was bundled over inside the box before the hosts were reduced to ten through Nicky Hogarth's red card after the Forest goalkeeper handled outside the penalty area.

United's second-string made full use of their advantage in the second-half as Anderson's low finish doubled the visitors' advantage shortly after the restart before the teenage forward, who made his Premier League debut for the Magpies against Arsenal in January, completed a fine treble after pouncing on a defensive error before hammering the ball home.

Forest substitute Lewis Salmon claimed a consolation in the closing stages of the Division Two encounter as Newcastle's youngsters ended a run of five winless matches to move within one point of the Premier League 2 play-off spots.  

Elliott Dickman made one change to the side which claimed a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town in the Premier League Cup group stages as Anderson, who recently received an international call-up for Scotland Under-21s, was named in the starting XI in place of Kyle Crossley. 

Newcastle goalkeeper Dan Langley, who made his Magpies first-team debut during pre-season against York City in July, was quickly forced into action inside the opening minute, pushing away Ateef Konaté's goal bound effort from distance.

In the 4th minute, Newcastle broke the deadlock through Anderson. After White advanced dangerously from the right flank into the box, the 19-year-old midfielder was brought down by Sam Sanders, with Anderson dispatching the resulting spot-kick into the bottom left-hand corner.     

Forest were then forced to play the final 77 minutes with ten men as Hogarth raced out of his box before the goalkeeper inadvertently handled the ball on the edge of the penalty area, receiving his marching orders from referee Dale Baines. 

The Reds almost netted an equaliser, though, as Larsson raced into the box before his strike towards goal was bravely blocked by Langley before Oliver Hammond sent a half-volley wide of the target minutes later.

Just like their opening half, United got off to a bright start as they extended their lead in the 51st minute. After White's lofted diagonal pass landed into Bondswell's path, the left back picked out Anderson, who confidently stroked a first-time effort into the bottom right-hand corner.

Dylan Stephenson went close to registering his 11th goal of the season in all competitions as the Blyth-born forward raced onto a high ball before drilling a low effort inches wide of the far left-hand post.

In the 71st minute, Anderson completed his hat-trick as the England under-19 international pounced on a defensive error before hammering the ball into the net, recording his 7th goal in all competitions for United's second-string.

Newcastle's hopes of a clean sheet were dashed in the 84th minute as a lowly struck corner was flicked into Salmon's path inside a crowded penalty area before the substitute tucked the ball home from close-range.

Newcastle United Under-23s host their Aston Villa counterparts, at Whitley Park, in their next Premier League 2 fixture on Friday, 29th November (kick-off 7pm GMT).

Newcastle United Under-23s: Dan Langley, Ryan Barrett, Niall Brookwell, Harry Barclay, Matt Bondswell, Jack Young, Elliot Anderson (c) (Cameron Ferguson 74), Jay Turner-Cooke, Lucas De Bolle, Joe White (Adam Wilson 69), Dylan Stephenson (Josh Scott 81).

Subs not used: Charlie Wiggett, Will Brown.

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