Nottingham Forest U21s 4 Millwall U21s 3
Forest looked to be on their way to a comfortable win as they eased into a 4-1 lead thanks to strikes from Jorge Grant (2), Josh Rees and Lars Veldwijk.
But the never-say-die attitude of Neil Harris' team saw The Lions battle back brilliantly to 4-3 with goals from Fred Onyedinma (2) and Magaye Gueye.
Despite piling forward in the dying stages Millwall, including debutant Angel Martinez, just could not muster that all-important equalising goal and headed back down the motorway tasting defeat for the first time this season.
.millwallfc.co.ukAlthough disappointed with the result, coach Chopper had a number of positives to take from the afternoon, as he told
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Monday's game also gave senior players Angel Martinez, Ed Upson and Magaye Gueye an opportunity to sharpen their fitness levels, and Chopper was pleased with the contribution of all three.
"I was disappointed that we got nothing from the game, but not with the way in which the players approached it. Their attitude and desire was first class, although ultimately they need to get into good habits and defending well is paramount to that."
"Magaye then drove one home from about 20 yards for a goal that he really deserved, but despite creating some chances, we couldn't grab the equaliser.
"But we produced some terrific football and Magaye (Gueye) produced another great through ball again, just as he did for our first goal, to set Fred up to make it 4-2.
"They went 2-0 up within the first 30 minutes but Fred pulled a goal back for us a minute before the break with a super finish. Forest then scored straight after the restart and were 4-1 up by the 57th-minute.
"We created a number of chances, the movement of the front players was excellent, as were the finishes and the forward runs - things that we have been working on.
"Defensively we were naive; there were poor individual mistakes and collectively as a back-line we should have done better. There will be lessons learned from this, but more to be positive about than not.
"We were absolutely fantastic," he said. "We played some excellent football, scored three excellent goals and could have had another five or six. "For me, the real big plus was seeing Fred score two goals. That is
t was great to see Angel in a Millwall shirt; Ed is an excellent example to young players and Magaye showed his quality in the attacking half. His use of the ball was of a very high standard. certainly the best I've seen him play for some time."
King, Siafa (Webb, 46mins), Goodman, Wood, Casey, Upson, Martinez (Thompson, 70mins), El-Bekri (Pavey, 60mins), Onyedinma, Gueye, O'Brien. Subs not used: Girling, Farrell.