Nottingham Forest beat Grimsby Town 3-0 at Blundell Park last night to reach the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The Reds won the game thanks to a Ryan Yates stunner and a brace from Sam Surridge.

Forest were beaten at this stage of the competition last season and they will be pleased not to have been embarrassed by League Two opposition.

For Steve Cooper, he used the game as a chance to run the rule over some of his fringe players.

Plenty did themselves justice ahead of the Premier League getting back underway on Sunday.

Following last night’s useful cup game, we looked at three players who have given the Forest head coach something to think about.

3 Nottingham Forest players who have given Steve Cooper a serious headache

Remo Freuler

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This was a very promising start for the Switzerland international and he will hope to get himself in the team pretty quickly.

Freuler will want to be playing regular football ahead of the World Cup and he showcased the ability to be calm and composed last night.

The 30-year-old was captaining Atalanta against Manchester United in the Champions League last season and last night would have provided a culture shock.

He coped exceptionally well though and actually finished the first half with a 100% pass completion ratio.

In the space of a few weeks, the Reds have gone from having limited midfield options to literally having half a dozen.

Freuler doesn’t look like the sort of player that has signed to sit on the bench for too long.

Sam Surridge

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The likeable talisman took his chance to impress his manager with total aplomb.

His goals typified exactly what he’s all about and he will be desperate not to become a second thought in the Premier League.

Surridge has proved a snip for Forest at just £2.3 million and he’s showcased that he knows where the back of the net is at the City Ground.

The youngster has time on his side but he will feel like he can score goals in the Premier League if he gets the right level of service.

Last night’s heroics will have done him no hard at all and Surridge has now given his manager a big headache.

Ryan Yates

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The midfielder led by example at Blundell Park as he deputised for Joe Worrall in wearing the captain’s armband.

He also scored a goal from 25 yards out that sailed into the top corner on the half-volley and enjoyed a really steady performance.

Yates also showcased some versatility. He stepped into central defence in the second half once Cheikhou Kouyate was forced off with a knock.

The academy graduate won’t have been happy to miss out on a starting berth at Everton and he will want to cement his place in the team again.

Yates is Forest through and through but with more experienced options now in the Forest midfield, it will be interesting to see what role he plays this season.

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