Super Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi provided an assist as Nottingham Forest finished their pre-season preparations this evening at Meadow Lane versus La Liga heavyweights, Valencia, coached by legendary Italian midfielder Gennaro Gattuso.
Steve Cooper named a starting line-up that included six players who featured at Wembley back in May and a first appearance in the Garibaldi for England international Jesse Lingard who joined the club last week on a free transfer.
The deadlock was broken shortly before the interval when Carlos Soler smashed the ball home from 12-yards out following a late run into the area.
The half time interval did little to quell the hectic nature of this fixture as both sides bolted out the blocks once again much to the delight of everybody in attendance. At times it was easy to forget that this was in fact a pre-season friendly with its energetic tempo and heated temperament.
The first substitution of the evening came on the hour mark when Sam Surridge made way for club record signing Taiwo Awoniyi.
The Reds could have levelled the score when Awoniyi met Williams’ free-kick, however, the connection was not as clean as the Unicorn product would have liked and trickled into to the hands of substitute goalkeeper Jaume Domenech.
Forest levelled the score in the 83rd minute of the tie when Awoniyi made a determined run down the left hand side before squaring the ball to the feet of the unmarked Johnson, who remained composed as he tucked the ball home delightfully from close range.