Nottingham Forest Under 18s coach Jack Lester says his players were ‘excellent’ in a friendly against Derby this afternoon.The match ended 0-0 but could easily gone in favour of The Reds, who impressed their coach with a strong performance to build on last week’s 2-1 friendly win over Southend.
Lester said: “I thought we were excellent today. There were some really good performances and we definitely did enough to win the game.
“It’s the third week of pre-season and, taking that into account, the players are in excellent shape. They had a programme to do in the off-season and they’re coping very well.
“The first years are obviously finding it a little bit tougher because the full-time environment is new to them - you have to be a little more patient with them - but the groundwork has been done and we’re pleased.”
Forest: J.Wright, Gabriel, Otim, Stewart, Iacovitti, Yates, Crookes, Taylor, Hayes, Brereton, McDonagh
Subs: Boyd, Gomis, Edser, McClean, A.Wright, Adams