Nottingham Forest opened up their 2019/20 pre-season campaign with a 2-1 win at local non-league outfit Alfreton Town.
Dec Bacon opened the scoring for the hosts but goals from youngster Brennan Johnson and Karim Ansarifard ensured victory.
The game was watched by an onlooking Sabri Lamouchi who replaced Martin O’Neill as the club’s new head coach on Friday. The club’s Under-23 manager Jimmy Gilligan took charge of the team.
Forest face a gruelling pre-season schedule with trips to Greece and Spain planned in preparation for the August opener against West Bromwich Albion.
Following the first friendly contest, Seat Pitch looked at three takeaways from the trip to Alfreton.
Joe Worrall has plenty to do
The returning Forest man endured a nightmare start to his first game in Forest colours since his Rangers loan spell.
His error early doors saw Dec Bacon fire the home side ahead and he will need to cut the mistakes out quickly.
With Alex Milosevic due to return to training next week and Michael Dawson now fully fit, the race to start at centre-back will intensify during pre-season.
Worrall has the potential to be a quality player. As a youngster, he will make mistakes and he will need to learn from the Alfreton mishap.
The future looks bright
Jayden Richardson, Brennan Johnson and Arvin Appiah all started for the Reds and all three impressed during the first 45 minutes.
Johnson, in particular, looks like he could become a quality player and took his goal really well.
The 18-year-old was a standout performer for the Under-23s last season and it will be interesting to see Lamouchi’s stance on blooding the youngsters.
Sammy Ameobi attracted lots of negativity when he signed for the Reds last week.
It would be foolish to get excited after one game against non-league opposition but he did claim an assist and saw a piledriver rebound off the post.
The 27-year-old looks to possess qualities that Forest’s other wingers perhaps lack.
His intimidating height for starters looks to be a useful attribute, whilst he certainly isn’t afraid to take players on.
On a one-year contract, he might prove a useful addition. Of course, time will tell but this wasn’t a bad start at all.