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We all believed

8 January 2018

Nottingham Forest forward Ben Brereton said belief helped The Reds to overcome Premier League side Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup.

The 18-year-old played a starring role as Forest dumped the holders out of the competition at The City Ground yesterday and said that the whole team had confidence in getting the job done.

Speaking after the game, he said: "It feels great, everyone is buzzing. We went into the game with no fear and it showed. We just wanted to do our best and it showed.

"We all believed, it is just about going out there and doing it. We all wanted to do our best and we have come out and showed that we wanted it.

"People have said in the past that we go down when we concede a goal but today we all showed that if we do concede, we can keep going. We showed that today and I can only praise every single one of the lads."

Brereton had a good tussle with Arsenal captain and World Cup winner Per Mertesacker throughout the contest and the teenager relished the battle.

"In the first 10 minutes I struggled a little bit," he said. "I couldn't get hold of the ball really but Gary said to me to stop coming to feet and to go in behind instead and that is what I did. It was exploiting their weakness and it worked.

"Once I knew I could do it, I kept doing it. It built confidence for the team and the lads stuck together today. Everyone is getting closer and closer so there is a good atmosphere.

"It has given me a lot of confidence. I went into the game thinking about what Mertesacker is good at and what he isn't good at, we had looked at it the day before and who might be playing.

"We exploited what they aren't good at as if I tried to go shoulder to shoulder with Mertesacker it might not have worked. I tried to get far away from him so he couldn't touch me and it worked."


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