Nottingham Forest Under-23s’ began their Premier League Cup campaign with a 4-1 over Blackburn Rovers last night.
The Reds went ahead after four minutes, with Joe Lolley finding the bottom corner with a low strike to give his side the lead.
Blackburn did find a leveller soon after, with Sam Burns charging down Nicky Hogarth’s kick with the ball rebounding into the net.
But it was one-way traffic after that, with goals either side of half-time from Lolley and Ateef Konate putting the Reds into a 3-1 lead.
Will Swan made it 4-1 just after the hour mark, rounding off an impressive night’s work for Andy Reid’s side and kicking off their Premier League Cup campaign with a win.
Forest fans were delighted to see Lolley get some minutes, having been missing for the last three first-team matches due to illness.
They were even more delighted to see Lolley net a brace, with the winger struggling to replicate the form he displayed in 2018/19 and 2019/20.
It may have been for the Under-23s’, but they will be hoping that the winger can take this confidence and form into the first-team.
Here, we take a look at Forest fans’ reactions to Lolley’s performance at Meadow Lane…
— Talk Forest TV (@talkforesttv) September 7, 2021
The problem with Lolley is that he’s too predictable, always cuts in on the left so struggles to beat his man. The coaches need to find a way around this it’s been happening for too long #NFFC
— Hassan (@Forestaremagiic) September 6, 2021
Lolley with 2 goals 🤤
— Pearce (@NFFC_Woodz) September 6, 2021
— Callum Castel-Nuovo (@callumcasteln) September 6, 2021
Fair play to Lolley tonight, in the modern game when many established players see the 2nd team as a negative it sounds like he is putting a shift in. Had some terrible luck with injuries hopefully he can use the U23’s to come back stronger and not be rushed into action #nffc
— NFFC Fans Voice (@nffcfansvoice) September 6, 2021
Always strikes me as a lad with a spot on attitude.
— YouAreMyForest (@YouAreMyForest) September 6, 2021
5 shots, 2 goals
Him & fornah looked really good
— D (@DS215uk) September 6, 2021