Nottingham Forest fans react on Twitter to Jamie Ward's performance

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Nottingham Forest fans are already taking to former Derby star Jamie Ward.

Nottingham Forest new boy Jamie Ward appeared to immediately win over fans despite an opening day defeat.

Forest lost their Championship opener 1-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion, with a first half strike from Kazenga Lua-Lua.

Ward was a controversial summer signing, picked up as a free agent having been released by East Midlands rivals Derby County.

He played 80 minutes in the loss at the Amex, but was one of Forest's brighter players, bettering teammate Michail Antonio in three key categories.

  Passing AccuracyShots On TargetKey PassesMins Played
Jamie Ward 88% 1 3 81
Michail Antonio 57% 0 2 90

He created three goalscoring chances as opposed to Michail Antonio's two, managed a shot on target, and recorded a far higher pass completion rate.

Only Henri Lansbury (5) made more key passes than Ward, with the new signing also making a team high six tackles.

More production will ultimately be required for Ward to be a success, but amid a disappointing opening defeat, Ward's performance was at least a bright spot.

Here is a look at how Nottingham Forest fans reacted to his performance on Twitter...

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