Over 3,000 people were at the New Manor Ground on Saturday to see new Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce’s side earn a win in his first game at the helm of the club he served with such distinction as a player.
The former England legend brought a strong side to take on Kevin Wilson’s Ilkeston team and the bumper crowd was treated to an entertaining game on a warm Saturday afternoon.
For the Robins, this was another display full of positives, following on from their 0-0 draw against Derby County in their opening pre-season game last Saturday.
The final scoreline may have been 4-0 to the visitors but this did scant justice to the part played by the Robins in the game.
Going into the final 15 minutes, it was all-square, but the Championship side eventually got their noses in front and never looked back from the moment that they found the target on 77 minutes.
There were two goals each for both Simon Cox and Ben Osborn but Robins’ manager Kevin Wilson will be able to reflect on how his side had arguably the better of the first half against their illustrious visitors.
The Robins gave a start to triallist goalkeeper Jordan Smith and he was quickly into action to stop Matty Fryatt from giving Forest the lead.
Forest hit the bar through Henri Lansbury’s corner kick but the Robins were able to create chances of their own to keep the Forest backline on their toes, with both Courey Grantham and Eli Bako going close.
Forest put out a completely different side for the second half but Ilkeston continued to both asborb the pressure and also look dangerous going forward.
Joe Maguire hit the bar for them with a header but Forest eventually took the game with their four late strikes in quick succession, to complete an entertaining afternoon.
n All photos were taken by Craig Lamont