Nottingham Forest secured victory against Port Vale courtesy of strikes from Junior Agogo and Lewis McGugan.
Nathan Tyson set up Agogo with a cross from the left and the striker fired the ball in from 12 yards on 24 minutes.
Agogo turned provider when he set up McGugan with a neat pass from the right of the penalty area and the 19-year-old rifled home impressively.
Paul Harsley, David McGoldrick and Mark Salmon had chances for the visitors but were unable to breach Forest's defence.
Nottm Forest: Smith, Chambers, Morgan, Breckin, Lockwood (Perch 77), McGugan (Davies 86), Lennon, Cohen, Commons, Agogo, Tyson (Holt 39).
Subs Not Used: Thornhill, Roberts.
Booked: Breckin, Cohen.
Goals: Agogo 24, McGugan 67.
Port Vale: Anyon, McGregor, Pilkington, Lowe, Talbot (Edwards 74), Laird, Harsley, Salmon (Rocastle 46), Willock, McGoldrick, Rodgers (Hulbert 74).
Subs Not Used: Martin, Glover.
Ref: Andy D'Urso (Essex).