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Players have belief

4 February 2017

Nottingham Forest interim manager Gary Brazil feels if the players show more belief in themselves they can get more positive results after the 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

Ben Brereton scored in injury time to seal the win after Britt Assombalonga had cancelled out Jonathan Kodjia’s opener, and Brazil felt the goal before half time shifted the momentum.

He said: “It was a good performance when you take in that we started reasonably well in the game. As the first half went on we really got a grip of things and we deserved our goal. That gave us momentum coming out for the second half and I thought we were worth the win. 

“We played some really good football and we retained the ball for long periods; it is just in the top third that we need to do some work. We were trying to open them up and with them going down to 10 men we made the pitch really big, went down the sides and we got our just rewards.

“I have belief in the players and they have got to have more belief in themselves. It felt like we were a bit handcuffed in the first half then towards the end of the half Ben Osborn started breaking the lines and we were popping up in the pockets of space. Then you can sense the crowd feeling it and you could sense the momentum shift. 

“We have relied on Hendo a couple of times and he has come up with the goods with great saves and they showed that they could be a threat. The game got really open and we had to shut that off by putting Thomas Lam in there and as we went further on we made some good substitutions and the youngster has got a chance and he has taken it. 

“We had some really good players out there today and there were many strong performances out there and it is another little baby step forward for us.”

Brazil was delighted for 17-year-old Brereton who came off the substitutes’ bench to fire in his first senior goal.

He said: “It is lovely that we had a youngster come on and get his first goal, the first of many; he took his opportunity fantastically. Britt kept the ball alive and it dropped to Ben. We have seen that on a number of occasions working in the academy and when it dropped to him you fancy his chances. It is a marvellous moment for him and a marvellous moment for this club. 

“Our job now is to make sure we settle ourselves down. We have got another three points and we are starting to get into the area of the table that we should be in. The players will have a day off tomorrow, we will come back in on Monday and we will start preparing for Norwich.”

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