Aitor Karanka has expressed his delight at new signing Lewis Grabban scoring his first goal for the club, report the Nottingham Post.
The goal came in Forest’s 2-2 draw with League Two Oldham Athletic, with the 30-year-old grabbing a late equaliser for Forest.
“It is important for Lewis to score, because it is not a pressure for him now, to get that goal,” Karanka told the Nottingham Post.
“He knows about pressure and he can manage the pressure, but it is always important for a striker to score goals and to get their confidence as soon as possible.
“He has got his goal now.”
He moved to Forest from Bournemouth for around £6million in the summer fighting off competition from multiple other Championship clubs.
Grabban scored 20 Championship goals last season across spells at Sunderland and Aston Villa and has scored 58 goals in the division in his career.
Youngster Matty Cash scored the other goal for Forest in the friendly before two early second-half goals from the Latics gave the League Two side the lead.
Grabban equalised for Forest after a brilliant assist from fellow new signing Joao Carvalho meant the striker just needed to volley home from six yards.
It is no surprise that Karanka is happy with Grabban scoring having spent such a large amount on him, but I think he is overhyping its significance slightly.
It obviously is not a bad thing that he has scored, but how many times does a club have a player in good form in preseason only to fade away when the season starts?
I do not think that will happen with Grabban, but it’s worth bearing in mind.