Academy manager Gary Brazil was encouraged with what he saw from Nottingham Forest’s youngsters in their friendly against Levante last night.
The Reds drew 0-0 at the Primera Liga side’s training ground, situated an hour and a half’s drive from Forest’s summer base in Oliva, Valencia, where they have been training for nearly a fortnight.
And Brazil was impressed with the way his side managed to shut out their hosts on a hot evening on Spain’s east coast.
Speaking at the team hotel after the match, Brazil said: “These games over here are a really important part of our development as a group ahead of the new season.
“The lads are working very, very hard on the training ground and I thought we looked very well organised against Levante. I’m really pleased for them and it’s a good platform for us to build on.
“Levante have got some really good young players and we’re putting a group together at the minute. We’ve got a brand new group of first years who are getting used to working with the second years.
“We have a lot of work to do and the coaches are aware of that, but as a starting point I think our pre-season so far has been really encouraging.”
Levante started the match brightly but could find no way past Reds keeper Richard Dearle, who made some good early saves in a first half which saw Kasheme Walton and Aidan Austin go closest for Forest.
Joan Monterde hit the bar and drew another smart stop from Dearle just before the interval and neither side could find a breakthrough in the second period.
Forest face Villarreal on Thursday night before flying back to Nottingham on Saturday. For more updates and pictures from the trip, follow @NFFC_Academy
Forest: Richard Dearle, Dylan Burns, Jack Kelly, Adam Crookes, Joe Worrall, Alex Iacovitti, Aidan Austin, Ryan Yates, Elvis Otim, Kasheme Walton, Jermaine Worthington
Subs used: Ismael Diallo, David Arrowsmith, Andreas Karo, Tom Gamblen