Super Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi was named in the starting line up of Nottingham Forest who pipped Burton Albion 1-0 in a pre season friendly.

The Forest record signing was bright upfront for his team.

A goal from experienced defender Steve Cook handed Steve Cooper’s Premier League newcomers victory.

Gassan Ahadme had the first chance of the game as early as the fifth minute, Forest switching off at the back and conceding possession allowing Deji Oshilaja to feed the ball into the striker on the edge of the box. A first time shot was on but Ahadme worked a closer opening only to see his placed shot come back off the face of the post.

Trialist A was next to go close with an angled shot from the edge of the area that was held by Forest’s on-loan keeper Dean Henderson.

Forest started to exert themselves and new signing Taiwo Awoniyi had their first effort with a rising drive that narrowly cleared the angle of Ben Garratt’s goal.

Oli Hammond showed a searing burst of pace to escape down the right on 17 minutes and his cross found Lyle Taylor. Garratt though was on him in a flash to smother his shot on the turn at close range. Awoniyi then saw a deflected effort that landed just the wrong side of the post.

Forest took the lead eleven minutes after the break, COOK heading home Cafu’s corner via the inside of the post.

A good workout for Awoniyi and his teammates.


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