Nottingham Forest edged into the third round of the Carabao Cup with a dominant performance against League Two outfit Grimsby Town.

The Reds won courtesy of two first-half goals from Ryan Yates and Sam Surridge, with both players opening their accounts for the season.

Surridge then added a third goal for the Reds with 13 minutes remaining in the contest.

The second half saw Steve Cooper blood a few of his youngsters from the bench and Forest held on to complete a routine victory.

Here, we look at five things we learned from tonight’s Carabao Cup clash at Blundell Park.

Five things we learned from Nottingham Forest win over Grimsby Town

Remo Freuler is a baller

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It was arguably the most intriguing name on the team-sheet for the Reds at Grimsby this evening.

Last season, Freuler was captaining Atalanta in the Champions League against Manchester United.

At Grimsby, he would have encountered something of a culture shock but the environment didn’t faze him.

He was neat and tidy in possession, kept things simple and completed 100% of his passes in the first half.

Freuler looks like the sort of player that can add something a little bit different in the middle of the park.

Cooper is blessed with lots of options now and on this showing, Freuler has been signed to play.

Promotion-winners prove their worth

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Yates and Surridge scored, whilst Cafu claimed an assist for the Reds’ second goal of the night at Blundell Park.

Those three could all have a part to play this season and they could prove useful squad players.

Alex Mighten is another one. He did his best on the right-hand side, despite being asked to perform wing-back duties.

He did well but it wouldn’t be completely surprising if he went out on loan at some point.

This was a decent performance from the lads who won promotion with Forest last season and they offered Cooper a timely reminder of their quality.

The pathway remains clear

Forest were never going to let Harry Toffolo loose against Grimsby.

Right now, he’s the only senior option at left wing-back and he was deservedly wrapped in cotton wool.

Enter Aaron Donnelly. The youngster was handed his senior debut and he didn’t disappoint.

The youngster has been a regular in the team’s under-23 ranks and the future looks bright for him.

Further to his senior debut, the bench was filled with young talents and that will give them confidence that Cooper will utilise them in the future.

Promising start for Dennis

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The Nigerian cost Forest £20 million from Watford and this was his maiden outing in the Garibaldi.

Dennis showed glimpses of his quality with an energetic performance and he looks like he could be a big player for the team.

What the talisman did highlight is the ability to bring other players into the game.

He might not always score goals but his work rate should be unrivalled and his determination could be a very useful attribute.

Kouyate looks useful but Reds await good news

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The Reds utilised the Senegalese performer in the back three and until his injury, he looked pretty steady.

Kouyate reads the game exceptionally well and his experience could prove very useful indeed.

Forest will now hope for some good news on the injury front once again.

They’ve already lost Moussa Niakhate for a couple of months, whilst Omar Richards will be out for another month.

Kouyate has been signed for his Premier League expertise and Forest will hope he won’t be out for too long.

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