Nottingham Forest defeated Premier League outfit Crystal Palace 1-0 to hand boss Sabri Lamouchi a winning start at the City Ground
New signing Albert Adomah scored the only goal of the contest, firing home after Wayne Hennessey had denied Joe Lolley.
For a pre-season friendly it proved an decent contest, with Forest playing an entertaining brand of football against a strong top-flight side.
Forest’s next first-team outing is next Friday when La Liga outfit Real Sociedad arrive on Trentside.
After last night’s strong display over Roy Hodgson’s men, we looked at three takeaways from the pre-season contest:
Tiago Silva looks exciting
The Portuguese performer was somewhat disappointing in the game against Olympiacos, but he bounced back here.
Silva produced a mesmerising display that had Forest fans drooling.
He showed several neat touches, possessed an intricate passing ability and could have scored when his free-kick from 30-yards cracked the post.
Of course, the proof will be in the Championship fixtures, but this was a good start on home soil.
Lots of excitement surrounds Forest’s new foreign imports, but the free transfer of Adomah might just be the best of the bunch.
The 31-year-old took his goal well and looked lively throughout this contest.
His know-how of the Championship could be a massive attribute for Forest during a long Championship campaign.
Against Palace, he showed his experience and looked calm in possession. Adomah could prove to be a very shrewd freebie, indeed.
Watson to play a part?
It would seem that if the season started tomorrow, Ben Watson would be entrusted to play in the holding role for Sabri Lamouchi.
That would undoubtedly disappoint some supporters who feel he is over the hill.
On Friday night, however, he played really well.
One thing that Watson does have is the quality to lead men. The Forest midfielder and Michael Dawson are probably the only natural-born captains in the squad at present.
That means that one of them is likely to play and alongside the right players, the 34-year-old might still have a job to do for Forest.