The depth of Nottingham Forest’s squad pleased Mark Warburton as they came from behind to beat Girona.
The Reds’ boss made seven changes just after the hour mark and it had an instant impact as Apostolos Vellios struck twice to seal the 2-1 win.
Warburton said: “I am very pleased as they are a very talented team. Technically they were very strong and if you give the ball away against a team of that calibre you chase around for the next five minutes trying to get it back.
“I thought our energy was very good, we held our shape and we got forward. We were a bit negative in the first half but I was delighted with the substitutions and the energy that they added and it shows the depth of the squad. Overall it was a good evening’s work.”
Warburton was pleased with Vellios’s impact and also the work rate of his side to match the Spaniards who will play in La Liga next season, and he feels that the tough challenge can only help The Reds improve.
He said: “It was designed to be the toughest challenge so far. We wanted two games to get minutes into the legs of the players following a good training camp. It was a notable step up in quality; they are a La Liga team and we face a Premier League side in Burnley on Saturday and we know both teams will give us a physical and technical test.”