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Weir pleased with workout

9 July 2017

Assistant manager David Weir was delighted with the work put in by the Nottingham Forest squad during a training match at the IMG Academy.

The Reds took on Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa, who are also using the facility in Florida, in a behind-closed-doors training match split into thirds and Weir felt it was a great workout for the squad.

He said: "I think it was very worthwhile, the temperature makes it a challenge but the lads applied themselves really well. They have been working hard in training and they worked hard in the game so you can definitely see the progress.

"I am sure they will get a lot of confidence from having some minutes under their belt and having a touch of the ball against a good team."

Jason Cummings struck his first goal as he volleyed home from a corner after Matt Mills won the initial header to ensure Forest won the first third, while Saprissa won the second third 1-0.

Zach Clough curled home a great strike in the final third to ensure The Reds were the overall winners, but Weir was pleased that all players were able to get some game time under their belts.

He said: "They are a good side and they caused us some problems, but we caused them some problems too. For a first game it was good as players got between 30 and 60 minutes under their belt and we take confidence from that. It was a challenge, a proper game, and the players had to think on their feet and were under pressure when they got on the ball.

"It is why we are here, to challenge the players and you can see they are working hard and you can see we are challenging them as their heart rates are up and the distances they are covering. We are really happy with the information we are getting back."

Cummings and Barrie McKay played with their new teammates for the first time after the attacking duo signed for the club and Weir believes they have plenty to offer The Reds going forward.

He said: "Coming out to Florida they get to know their teammates personally but this also gives them a chance to know them as players on the pitch. They have integrated into the group, have been accepted and they have things to learn about the way we do things.

"They both did really well and it was great for Jason to get a goal and Barrie showed his quality as well. They are both young players and both have a lot of development to do and can get better but they are really good players as well."

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