Nottingham Forest academy graduate Brennan Johnson hopes to repay the faith shown in him by head coach Sabri Lamouchi as the midfielder made his second consecutive appearance as a substitute in the victory over Fleetwood Town in the Carabao Cup.
Johnson, who made his debut for the senior side in the season opener against West Bromwich Albion, was pleased to contribute to the team's 1-0 win over Joey Barton’s side at The City Ground on Tuesday night.
Speaking after the game, he said: “The main objective was to just get through to the next round. We knew it would be a tough game and they were going to make it hard but we played some good stuff at times and dug in at the end.
“It was really good to come on, getting more minutes is key and I just want to be able to keep coming on for longer and it shows the gaffer has some faith in me.”
The Welsh Under 21 international made the step up from the academy this summer and is enjoying the experience of being around the first-team environment under head coach Lamouchi.
He said: “Every day I keep improving and by training with such good players it can only make me a better player. The coach keeps showing faith in me, putting me in the squad and on the bench and this keeps me working hard and staying motivated.
"As soon as the new coach came in you could see he had faith in the youth. In the pre-season games and at the start of the season he was putting us on and it just makes you want to work harder every day.
“If I came into the team at the end of last season, not really training that much, I think I would have found it harder. So just from the pre-season games and training with good players it makes it a lot easier and makes me feel more calm when I get the chance.”