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Warburton pleased with debutants

6 August 2017

Mark Warburton was impressed with his debutants in the opening win against Millwall but intends to use his squad for the visit of Shrewsbury on Tuesday.

Barrie McKay scored the only goal in his first Reds outing while Tendayi Darikwa, Kieran Dowell and Daryl Murphy also made their debuts.

Warburton said: “Barrie is a real talent. My thoughts on him are very clear; I think he is an outstanding player who can be anything he wants to be. He has got ability, he is technical, quick and relaxed in possession and he is clever.

“Kieran came on and showed a relaxed demeanour on the ball. He was calm and assured and I was delighted for him.

“The whole squad has been outstanding in pre-season and they know what we think of them. They are an honest group of players and they know we have to be good as a group.

“Tendayi has come in and shown great physicality. David Vaughan as an older head was great and we had some good points but we know we were below our level.”

The Forest boss has faith that whoever he puts out on the pitch will be able to perform and has said he will make changes for Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup first-round match.

He added: “We have a squad and I could have played a completely different team and had no concerns. That is where we want to be with a competitive squad where everyone is pushing for a place. We will make changes on Tuesday but we have no doubt about putting out a very strong team.”


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