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U21s Report: Bristol City 3-1 Nottingham Forest

Bristol City Under-21s cruised to victory against Nottingham Forest in their first match of the season at Ashton Gate.

City went ahead thanks to Wes Burns’ acrobatic finish, but Forest equalised three minutes later through Jorge Grant’s free kick.

Just after the break, Bobby Reid’s beautiful effort from distance put City back in front and Callum Robinson rounded off the scoring 11 minutes from the end.

First team quintet Burns, Reid, Robinson, Mark Little and Kieran Agard all started for Wade Elliott’s Under-21s as they look to maintain their fitness.

Forest were first to have a sniff on goal as Lithuanian forward Deimantas Petravicius raced clear of the City defence, forcing Max O’Leary into a fine stop to his left from close range.

Reid found the roof of the net with a dipping effort shortly after, and Burns should have opened the scoring from Agard’s excellent cross but nodded over from six yards.

Elliott’s youngsters were looking lively and Joe Morrell did brilliantly to ghost through the Forest ranks before firing a tame effort straight at goalkeeper Tim Erlandsson.

Tricky Trees’ captain Grant went close with a curling drive, and Reid followed similar hitting over from 25 yards.

City were threatening in the final third without testing Erlandsson and Little followed suit when his cross-cum-shot hit the side netting.

Despite their dominance, the home side almost went behind but the visitors found O’Leary in inspired form.

The City stopper denied Oliver Burke with a smart diving save and did well to claim the winger’s strong rebound.

A minute later, the young Robins broke the deadlock. Reid's outswinging corner was met Burns, who dispatched a right-footed scissor-kick past the helpless Erlandsson.

It wasn’t long before Jamie Fullerton’s side drew level when Grant curled a free kick around the wall from 20 yards and into the bottom corner.

City started the second half with the same attacking intensity and regained the lead through. The midfielder composed himself and sent a delightful curling effort past the despairing dive of Erlandsson.

With half an hour remaining, Agard pulled a shot wide of the post and Burns broke free down the right but found row Z of the South Stand.

Forest almost grabbed an equaliser when Joe Worrall sent a header crashing against the post, but Robinson rounded off the scoring with a daisy-cutter to give City a comfortable win.

City U21s: O’Leary, Vyner, Batten, Murphy, Little, Morrell, Reid, Robinson, Kelly, Burns, Agard. Not Used: Wollacott, Evans, Fry, Dowling, Bishop.