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23 September 2017

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Nottingham Forest forward Ben Brereton scored his first senior goal against Aston Villa and he is excited to be facing the same opposition again today.

The Reds travel to Villa Park for a televised fixture (kick-off 5.30pm) and Brereton believes taking on Steve Bruce's side will bring back some good memories for him.

He said: "Playing against Aston Villa is where it all started for me, coming through the academy and then scoring that goal at The City Ground. It's great to be playing them again and I'm really looking forward to the game.

"It's a Premier League stadium in reality and the game is on TV so it should be a good night. The aim is always to go out there, put in a performance and take three points and that is what we'll be targeting this weekend.

"I think we've had a good start to the season. I know we've had a couple of tough games and bad defeats but that is expected. Last season we used to go into games just hoping that we might win but this year we expect to take three points and we have that belief in ourselves that we can do that."

At the age of 18 and with only 26 Forest appearances under his belt, Brereton is still a relative newcomer to the side but he admits he is learning all the time and is constantly trying to make improvements to his game.

He said: "This is my first real season in the first-team and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. The lads are great with me in training, the gaffer and David are teaching me new things every day so I'm always improving as a player.

"When I was in the Under 23s I could probably bully defenders but in the Championship I'm having to use my brain more and think games through in different ways. I suppose teams know what to expect from me now but I'm always trying to make sure I'm a threat.

"I really want to add more goals to my game and hopefully I can start this weekend against the team I scored my first goal against. As a team we need to fight, dig in and get the result away from home. It's about showing that desire to win the game and we know we can do that."

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