Nottingham Forest secured a passage into the second round of the EFL Cup by beating Fleetwood Town 1-0 at the City Ground.
A tight game was won thanks to a first Forest goal for Portuguese attacker Tiago Silva, who fired home in the 59th minute.
The game proved to be a good test for a second-string team put out by Sabri Lamouchi.
Only Silva and Joe Worrall kept their places in the starting eleven from Saturday. Michael Dawson, Alfa Semedo, Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban were all given the night off.
Fleetwood huffed and puffed, and but for a flurry of late chances Forest always looked in control of the contest.
Adapting to English football
In six weeks time, this game could be looked back on as the one where Tiago Silva came of age.
The little magician showed an array of talent against the League One opposition and capped his goalscoring performance off by claiming the Man of the Match award too.
Despite the City Ground being only a quarter full, supporters were mesmerised by his trickery and they will hope for more of the same in the league.
Following last night’s game we looked at what Forest supporters were saying about the 26-year-old on Twitter:
This game need a Silva lining. Now it’s got one. Get in!!! 👏👏👏👏 #NFFC
— Dave⭐️⭐️ (@dj_zotov) August 13, 2019
Who else has booked Wembley?
— Jackbrag (@JHBnffc) August 13, 2019
Announce cup champions
— Forest (@HooleyJordan) August 13, 2019
— Chris NFFC Tönnies (@ChrisTonnies) August 13, 2019
Get in 👌👏tiago Silva #youreds
— Sue Blackamore (@BlackamoreSue) August 13, 2019
Great goal Tiago. Hopefully one of many #nffc
— Phil Lovegrove (@lovegrove164) August 14, 2019
Ooooh Tiago Silva! First win of the season and a good goal.
— Steven Icke (@terrorste) August 13, 2019