A Nottingham Forest XI were held to a 1-1 draw by League One outfit Lincoln City last night at Sincil Bank.
The Reds made the decision last week that a Forest XI side would travel to Sincil Bank rather than the first team, as originally planned. This has given Sabri Lamouchi more time to work with his squad in Nottingham.
This saw a starting line-up consisting of mainly players from the Under-23 side named against the Imps. It gave Under-23 coach Jimmy Gilligan a good opportunity to test his players against League One opposition.
However, the starting line-up did also include a number of familiar faces. Luke Steele, Zach Clough, Jason Cummings and Daryl Murphy were named in the team, as well as Gboly Ariyibi.
Lamouchi has already made it clear that they won’t play a part for the Reds next season. This gave them the perfect opportunity to put themselves in the shop window for potential suitors.
After last night’s contest against Danny Cowley’s men, we looked at three takeaways from the pre-season contest:
Steele impresses in net
Having signed Arijanet Muric earlier this summer, Steele’s chances of first team action always looked slim.
However, the 34-year-old produced a performance that he’ll hope could change Lamouchi’s opinion.
Great to captain a youngish Forest side tonight but full credit to the @NFFC Academy who must be doing an unbelievable job these past years to produce talent like they have. 🌳
— luke steele (@lukeysteele1) July 29, 2019
He made a number of smart saves throughout the game, and was unlucky to be beaten in the first half by a wicked deflection.
Of course, Steele still has a lot of work to do if he is to get himself back in the first team, but he’s certainly going about it the right way.
Lamouchi has made the right call
The Reds were backed by a sizeable away support at Sincil Bank, and they were particularly interested to see the performances of Clough, Cummings on Murphy.
It’s fair to say that none of them particularly covered themselves in glory.
Against a weakened Lincoln City side, none of them were able to take control of the game and make an impact.
Murphy did enough to show that he could still be a handful in League One. However, Clough and Cummings still look a long way off and the Reds may struggle to find them new clubs this summer.
Promising signs for the future
The Reds arguably improved in the latter stages of the game when those former first team players were substituted off.
One of the players introduced was 20-year-old Virgil Gomis. He was able to equalise with around 15 minutes to go with a smart finish under Grant Smith.
He had the perfect opportunity to put the Reds in front less than 10 minutes later, but couldn’t convert from the penalty spot.
Gomis wasn’t the only youngster to stand out though, with Tyrese Fornah also producing a very impressive performance.
It will be interesting to see how many young players Lamouchi gives a chance to this season.