Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton was pleased with his side’s endeavour and quality during their 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Notts County at Meadow Lane on Wednesday night.
The Reds kicked-off their pre-season schedule with victory over Kevin Nolan's side, thanks to goals from Ben Brereton and Apostolos Vellios, and Warburton was happy to see his men hit the ground running following a tough ten days in the USA.
Speaking after the game he said: "There was a great atmosphere and we had tremendous backing from our fans. Notts County provided a good playing surface and for us it was our first real competitive game.
"We used a lot of players but I was delighted with the outcome. We created lots of chances, we could and should have scored more goals but it was a very pleasing first game for us.
"First half we looked very good going forward but we had to recognise that they posed an aerial threat. I have to say though there were quite a few pleasing aspects to our game. We moved the ball quickly, didn't take the extra touch and we created chance after chance so we are very happy."
Warburton will now look for his side to continue their progression when they travel to Mansfield Town on Saturday but the Forest boss is confident that the players will welcome every challenge that is put in front of them.
He said: "We look for two key things from the players during pre-season. From the conditioning side we want to make sure the energy is there late into the game but we also want the players to embrace what we're looking to do when they've got possession of the football.
"We're in good shape but there are three more good games for us to be involved in before the season starts. There were many positive aspects to our game but we have to make sure we continue to improve as the games go on."