Nottingham Forest Under 23 head coach Jack Lester felt his side was comfortable and should have won by more than the 2-1 margin against Mansfield Town.
Anthony Wright scored twice but Forest dominated large periods of the match and could have scored more goals, but Lester was pleased with the overall performance.
He said: “We started the game very brightly and got two goals up very early and we probably should have won it by more.
“Ben [Brereton] did really well for the first and Anthony has got on the back post, which is something we have been asking him to do and they were a good couple of goals.
“They only had one or two shots. We had possession for large spells of the game and could have used it a bit better and the game might have been more comfortable for us. They got a goal back to make it 2-1 but I think we were comfortable.”
The win is The Reds’ first in the Central League Cup and it gave a chance for Jack Hobbs to get some minutes under his belt as he continues his recovery from injury, and also for Hildeberto Pereira to play as he serves a three-match suspension in the first team.
Lester said: “It is our first victory in the competition and another game for the lads. It was a chance to get together and play with a few first team players and it was a nice experience for them but we could have played a bit better.
“When first team lads drop down it is about getting some minutes and intensity in their work to get them ready for when they are called upon by the first team. They have both played 90 minutes which will be useful for them.
“Jack will be pleased with that. It is about getting 90 minutes as there is nothing that prepares you better for matches than games.”