July 21, 2015 by notjustpumpkinbread
Forest are off to the Keepmoat tonight, hopefully showing the promise I saw when I popped up the road and watched a fairly comfortable 0-3 win against League 1 Stevenage.
Teddy was standing (arms folded) for most of the match, watching as The Mighty Reds (resplendent in yellow) started their four match pre-season campaign in the UK looking in some kind of fettle – fine or otherwise. Here’s what I took away from the match:
- Dorus De Vries seemed to be more vocal in the first 45 minutes than Karl Darlow was for the entirety of last season.
- He’s also great at making sure we all knew everything was under control, even though it looked like he might take the ball over the line after stopping a cheeky chipped shot from “some bloke” in the Stevenage team.
- Mancienne and Tesche looked pretty solid in the middle of the park.
- I liked the strapping look of our two centre halves – Hobbs and Mills. Any suspected sort-comings with regards to their respective mobility will, at this stage, be washed over in favour of the goal each they contributed.
- Jamie Ward likes to get stuck in.
- Nicky Maynard worked his socks off and I was hoping he would get a goal to give his confidence a bit of a boost. ’twas not to be, but I think he would be an asset to the team. Let’s hope we sign him.
- The much lamented Danny Fox had a good game. Internet “shouters” don’t like him and his penchant for “hoof-ball”. He didn’t hoof the ball once and was in control for most of the match. And his beard is magnificent.
- Antonio is a BEAST.
As for the rest, well Lichaj does what Lichaj does, so that’s a good thing most of the time. Henri strolled around the pitch – this is not a criticism. He just makes the game look easy at times and links the play well. He also scored the penalty that was awarded after a hapless Stevenage player upended a marauding Antonio as he bombed into the box. It was nice to see Jorge Grant get a quick run out, but there was no place on the bench for Oliver Burke or Tyler Walker. Let’s hope they’re involved against Doncaster.
All-in-all it was a good run out and it certainly gave me hope for the forthcoming season. In fairness, it is pre-season. Let’s not get too carried away.