Liam Bridcutt played a full 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest u23s against Leicester City on Thursday afternoon, gaining some valuable minutes ahead of the Reds’ meeting with Stoke City. The 29-year-old has spent the season on the periphery of the first-team and is working hard to impress Martin O’Neill to earn a long-awaited return. Jamie Ward also featured and O’Neill was present to watch the out-of-favour duo at the Impact Arena.
Forest won 3-1, courtesy of goals from Ward and a brace from Brennan Johnson. Admiral Muskwe scored Leicester’s goal. Bridcutt has played in two reserve games in the last three weeks, previously impressing against Sheffield United in mid-February but he’s still being overlooked by his manager. There’s stiff competition in midfield (Jack Colback, Ben Watson, Ryan Yates, Adlene Guedioura, Claudio Yacob) which is likely why he’s so far down the pecking order.
All Bridcutt can do is work hard and put in good performances when his manager is watching. The Scottish international still has another year left on his deal at the City Ground so he’ll have a decision to make when the season comes to a close. It’s hard to see Bridcutt making the matchday squad against Stoke given Yacob has been recently dropped from the 18.