The hard work continued in baking heat this morning as the first-team squad competed a second behind-closed-doors practice match.
Following on from last week’s practice match, Forest boss Aitor Karanka once again put the players through their paces as preparations build towards the start of the 2018-19 season.
Despite the heat, there was plenty of intensity on display with both teams starting the game well and creating chances. It was the side playing in blue who took the lead midway through the first half when the ball fell to Ryan Yates following good work from Gil Dias and Diogo Gonçalves. The young midfielder calmly finished through a crowd of players from just inside the box.
The team wearing white had a great chance to equalise soon after when a lovely ball from João Carvalho put Ben Brereton through on goal only to be denied but a great challenge from Tendayi Darikwa.
The half ended with two great chances for the team in blue but in both cases Costel Pantilimon saved well from Zach Clough and Daryl Murphy respectively.
After some much-needed rehydration, the players quickly got back into the rhythm of the game. Murphy had another great chance to extend the lead but after beating two men his shot was tipped around the post by Jordan Smith.
But the lead was soon doubled. A great run from Gonçalves through the centre of the pitch was matched by an equally-superb pass to Lolley, who finished well with a left-foot shot into the bottom corner.
The team in white fought back well with three great opportunities to reduce the lead. First Matty Cash did well to beat his man and cross, but Brereton’s header hit the bar. Brereton soon turned provider when his pass found Arvin Appiah on the edge of the box but the England U17 international lashed his shot just wide.
It was Brereton who had the final chance of the game. Jordan Gabriel did well to find the striker in the box but another great block from Darikwa denied the young striker.