Nottingham Forest’s Under 21s coach Jimmy Gilligan was pleased with his side’s attacking threat in yesterday’s win against Millwall, but he insists there is much still to work on.
The Reds made it three wins in a row courtesy of goals from Josh Rees, Lars Veldwijk and Jorge Grant (2), and they could easily have been further ahead before Millwall brought the match back to 4-3.
And while he was encouraged by his side’s potency in attack, Gilligan is determined to improve the team’s resilience in defence.
He told Forest Player: “For people who just came to watch a game, it was an interesting one. For us, the way we conceded goals was disappointing.
“Obviously it’s great that we’re scoring. We look a threat going forward and I congratulated the players on winning the game, but there are lots of individual things that have to get better.
“We’ll continue to work on that on the training ground.”
The match was the first Under 21s fixture of the season to be played at The City Ground, an experience Gilligan was keen for his players to make the most of.
He said: “It’s lovely to play at The City Ground. The surface and stadium are fantastic – it’s a beautiful ground.
“The young kids who have come through the academy have probably only ever played there in the FA Youth Cup under lights, but it’s great we’re going to play a few more games there.
“The experience is great.”