Nottingham Forest will face Derby County in the second round of the Carabao Cup, after defeating League One side Fleetwood Town by a goal to nil on Tuesday night.
The night gave Forest fans a chance to see a host of new signings in action, with the likes of John Bostock, Carl Jenkinson, Yuri Ribeiro and Brice Samba all making their debuts for the East Midlands side.
In fact, perhaps unsurprisingly, Sabri Lamouchi made nine changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Leeds United at the weekend, with Joe Worrall and Tiago Silva the only players to keep their place in the starting line-up.
It was the latter who was the pick of the bunch for the Reds against Fleetwood, with the Portuguese playmaker slamming home after fine link-up play with Bostock to fire them into a 1-0 lead.
The night also presented the Reds faithful with a chance to see Samba Sow in action from the off – the 30-year-old came on as a late substitute in the draw at Elland Road on Saturday, but was given a chance to impress from minute one in midweek.
The experienced midfielder made a real impact upon his first start for the club, picking out some really neat passes in midfield, driving forward with the ball at times and breaking up play really nicely.
How did Forest fans rate his performance? Here, we take a look…
That midfield 3 of samba sow, Thiago Silva and Alfa somedo ???????????? #nffc
— duane simpson (@duanes1986) August 14, 2019
Was particularly impressed with Ribeiro, Bostock (shooting aside) and Appiah tonight. Silva worked hard but nothing really came off until the goal. Sow solid. Figs and Jenko good. Overall ball retention still an issue. #NFFC
— Paul Martin (@Paul_Martin33) August 13, 2019
Home from the City Ground. Silva sublime, Sow solid and Figueiredo a force. Lamouchi said afterwards that some players impressed sufficiently for Saturday, said we'd have to wait to find out who…#NFFC
— Lee Clarke (@Clarkey_No1) August 13, 2019
See people on about this Sow bloke, both times I’ve seen him live & on tv I thought he was bang average. Game of opinions #nffc
— Rob Gladwin • (@RobNFFCGladwin) August 13, 2019
Sow has to start on Saturday #nffc
— Ravi (@ForestRav) August 13, 2019
That will do, a wins a win. Hoping Sow came off early to start Saturday ???????? #nffc
— shane (@fonforest) August 13, 2019
Loved him last game. Saw real potential…!
— JOBSEEKER!!! (@F_O_R_E_S_TBOY) August 13, 2019
Looked classy , full backs and keeper caught the eye .
— @clashcityrocker (@nffc2009) August 13, 2019
I'm sure we have 2 Samba Sow's on the pitch, he's everywhere
— Paul Harris (@Robbehod) August 13, 2019
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A first change for #NFFC: Brennan Johnson replaces Samba Sow. He has been excellent!
— Seat Pitch (@SeatPitch) August 13, 2019