Nottingham Forest defender Danny Collins believes pre-season trips abroad are a good experience for fans and players alike.Collins played a large chunk of Forest’s 3-2 victory over Porto B on Wednesday night, a game attended by a healthy red contingent.
And the 33-year-old thinks a change in culture benefits all parties. Speaking at the team hotel in Portugal, Collins said: “I think the fans enjoy these type of trips. They time their holidays so they can come out for our games and it’s a good experience for them, as it is for some of the younger boys in the squad.
“That isn’t just because of the heat, but because you face different types of play. It’s a good learning curve for everyone.
“I had a chat with one or two of the supporters by the bus after the Porto game. They had had a couple of beers and were enjoying themselves, and that’s what it’s all about really.
“It was nice for us to put in a bit of a performance for them. It was a good spectacle and I’m sure they enjoyed it.”
Two Forest fans in attendance were Trevor Hall and his partner Sharon Baker, whose #faceofforest story will be available on nottinghamforest.co.uk later today.
Forest play their second Portuguese friendly against top-flight side Rio Ave at Fao Stadium tomorrow before flying back to England on Monday.
And Collins expects greater emphasis to be placed on the tactical element of Forest’s performance as the start of the season edges closer.
He said: “We want to get some energy into the legs but at the same time we’re doing drills out on the training pitch to work on how the gaffer wants us to set up.
“We’ve gone over a lot of good stuff from the Porto game, and a couple of things we can improve, and I’m sure that will show over the next couple of weeks.”