Nottingham Forest defeated Northampton Town 2-0 at Sixfields Stadium last night. It was a third successive win for the Reds during their pre-season campaign.

Lyle Taylor and Cafu grabbed the goals for the Reds and Chris Hughton will have been happy to see 953 Reds supporters cheering his team on.

Forest have utilised lots of different players so far during their friendly contests, with plenty of youngsters earning chances to shine.

Following last night’s contest, we looked at four players who were winners from the Sixfields Stadium contest.

Lyle Taylor

Northampton Town v Nottingham Forest - Pre-Season Friendly
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The Forest talisman didn’t enjoy the concept of playing behind closed doors last season and will want to prove a point during 2021/22.

Taylor couldn’t have asked for a better first pre-season outing as he scored just three minutes after entering the fray at half-time.

The 31-year-old swept home a cross from Joe Lolley to put Forest into the lead early in the second half.

Taylor has been linked with a move away from the club this summer. It does seem unlikely the club will let him go without a replacement being sought, however.

Joao Carvalho

Port Vale v Nottingham Forest - Pre-Season Friendly Match
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Hughton opted to leave the likes of Jack Colback and Brennan Johnson in Nottingham for this one, but the Portuguese magician was given a chance to shine once more.

He returned this summer from a loan spell with Almeria and looks to have earned a reprieve under the Reds boss.

Carvalho divides opinion like no other player at the City Ground. It’s fair to say, however, that the club could have benefitted from a player of his ilk last season.

The 24-year-old actually played all 90 minutes and was once again lively in his natural No.10 role. Watch this space, but Carvalho could play a part this season.

Alex Mighten

Port Vale v Nottingham Forest - Pre-Season Friendly Match
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The 19-year-old is another player who has featured heavily during the pre-season campaign for the Reds.

He followed up his goalscoring performance at Port Vale with another impressive outing at Sixfields.

Mighten would have perhaps liked to have started more games during the 2020/21 campaign, with Hughton viewing him as more of a peripheral figure.

His pre-season outings so far have done him no harm whatsoever of featuring more often for the Reds during next season.

Jordan Smith

Port Vale v Nottingham Forest - Pre-Season Friendly Match
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Spare a thought for the Forest goalkeeper. He has been a deputy for many seasons and this summer he has seen Hughton strengthen his goalkeeping ranks with the signing of Ethan Horvath.

He made a string of decent saves during the win over Northampton to offer a timely reminder of his quality.

Smith could still feasibly go out on loan during the 2021/22 campaign. With Brice Samba and Horvath in competition for the gloves, he could play a watching brief on Trentside.

This performance will have done him no harm if he is in the shop window, whilst Samba and Horvath will know they are to be kept on their toes.

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