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Patience pays off

10 December 2017

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Nottingham Forest forward Ben Brereton said that his patience paid off as he came off the bench to score in the win over Bolton Wanderers.

The 18-year-old scored the crucial third goal for Forest and he was delighted to have taken his chance.

Speaking after the game, he said: "I think it was a good battle. We had to do what we had to; they are a good team and I felt we dealt with them well and I was happy to get my goal.

"We had to dig deep to get the result we needed. I was only on the pitch for a little bit but it was tough. The centre backs were big and physical and try to bully people, but we had to be intelligent and avoid that.

"I have been waiting patiently for my chance and thankfully today when I got my chance I took it. It was a good ball by Bridcutt to put me one-on-one and I just put it on target."

Brereton knows that he needs to keep on learning and improving his game if he is to stake a claim for a regular spot.

He added: "Last season was great coming into the squad and I was told that the second season would be harder. I feel like I have stuck with it; being on the bench and out of the squad is hard but I have worked hard in training and the gaffer and David have been working closely with me. When the chance comes I need to take it to give them something to think about.

"Murph, Wardy and a lot of the senior players have helped me a lot and are showing me what to do in training to get better and become a better player.

"I am a striker but I will play wherever I am needed. Murph helps me a lot and I see him in training with his clever finishing, it is what I look up to."

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