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Tricky Talk: Game day

Day six of Nottingham Forest's pre-season training camp at the IMG Academy in Florida.

10 July 2017

Sunday was a chance for the players to get a run out in a training match against another side using the IMG Academy facilities.

Deportivo Saprissa are the most successful team in terms of league titles won in Costa Rica and posed a great test for Mark Warburton's side at this early stage of pre-season.

The Reds lined up in three different teams during the three 30-minute periods, with the game played at a competitive level throughout.

Goals by Jason Cummings and Zach Clough helped Forest win 2-1, but the fact that the players got some match minutes under their belts was the most important part and they looked more than a match for Saprissa.

Each player played around 30-60 minutes and, when they weren't in action, they were put through short, sharp drills to keep them working hard in the heat.

After lunch it was time for a session in the gym as Chris Thorpe put them through some lower body exercises to get the leg muscles working even more after the training match, before the players were allowed some free time from late afternoon.

The resting and recovery time is vital during such a gruelling pre-season programme as it allows the players to continue to work at such high levels. The manager has repeatedly said how delighted he has been with the players' work rate and it is showing in their statistics that they are pushing themselves to the limit.

Monday is the start of a new week but it is more of the same on the training pitch for The Reds as they continue to work towards the new season.

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