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Hendo's confidence is sky-high

4 February 2017

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Stephen Henderson says he is getting more confident with each performance after the 2-1 win against Aston Villa.

The Irishman pulled off two key saves with the game poised at 1-1 before Ben Brereton struck in injury time to seal the win.

He said: “It was a huge win. The first half was probably fair and they had some good chances so it looked like a 1-1. I said to Ben at half time to be ready as I had a feeling if he did come on he would do what he did so I am delighted for him. 

“He has worked so hard in training, you can see his ability and he has come on and taken his chance and he did great. He has all the attributes to go to the top. He just has to keep grounded and keep doing what he is doing and we will all help him.

“I was just doing my job I will gladly give it to Ben and take the applause off my teammates. I’m happy I’m finally showing what I said I was going to and start performing like this. After a shaky first half I thought I had a better second half.”

Henderson praised the fans for the way they have supported him since coming back into the side and that it has given him a big lift.

He said: “I want to give a special mention to the fans. They have made it so easy for me coming back in and it has given me a lot of confidence. Each game I am feeling more confident and I am really enjoying my football. 

“The criticism before was warranted as I was looking back at the games and it was thinking it wasn’t me. I just put my head down and worked twice as hard. It was about getting back in the team, getting games under my belt and hopefully I can kick on and keep doing well for the team.

“Considering the position we were in six weeks ago it looks like a different picture but we are not going to get carried away. We want to keep getting points on the board, we have a tough run of fixtures and we will keep grounded and grinding out results.”

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