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A proud day for our football club

7 January 2018

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Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil was thrilled by his side's display in the 4-2 Emirates FA Cup win over Arsenal.

The Reds came out on top at the end of a memorable night at The City Ground and Brazil said his players should leave with immense pride and credit following their performance.

He said: "That was a fantastic day for the football club. I may be a little bit biased but I think it was a well-deserved win. There were some big performances from the players this afternoon and I always felt comfortable we would go on and win the game and so it proved.

"It would have been foolish to play the game Arsenal wanted us to so we had to go on the front foot and get in amongst them. We didn't want to give them space or time on the ball or allow them to dictate the game. Our first ten minutes showed our intent and we really set the tempo of the contest.

"I thought our senior players, Eric, Mance, Armand and Vaughany led by example today and the younger players then followed suit. They gave us a platform to go and build on and allowed us to put in a really strong performance against a very good team."

Ben Brereton turned in a Man of the Match performance as he caused the Arsenal defenders all sorts of problems and Brazil believes that was a fine example of what the former Stoke City youngster can do in that position.

He said: "I think Ben Brereton is a very difficult player to play against when he's in that mood. We know exactly what he's capable of and everyone in the academy knows that down the middle is his best position. He's had that chance courtesy of Daryl's injury and he's taken that opportunity.

"I thought the referee got the decisions spot on this afternoon. Kieran's penalty was a well-taken spot-kick and it made it 4-2. Now we move on to the fourth round and we'll see who we get."

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