Nottingham Forest coach Julian Darby was delighted with the tempo of last night’s friendly against Hibernian.The Reds emerged as 2-1 victors on a stuffy evening in the Portuguese town of Vila Real de Santo Antonio, and Darby told Forest Player that he was pleased with what he saw.
He said: “It was a great workout. Everybody got 45 minutes under their belt which is the most important thing.
“Everyone’s been away for a while so they were desperate to get on the pitch again. The first few games are always hard – it’s a case of having to find your lungs again – but it was a terrific workout.
“We told the players beforehand that we knew they’d be rusty and that we weren’t expecting silky football.”
There were no signs of a summer hangover for Dexter Blackstock or Ishmael Miller, whose goals either side of the break secured the win.
Darby said: “I was made up for them. Dexter got brought down for the penalty and had the bottle to get up and stick it in the roof of the net.
“And the second goal came from a great ball from Matt Derbyshire – Miller’s pace took him away from the defender and he slotted it under the keeper.”
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