Nottingham Forest picked up a fine win in the English Championship on Tuesday night, beating Barnsley 3-0 at the City Ground.
With nothing left to play for before the end of the season, the remaining games are all about improvement for Aitor Karanka and his side and wins like Tuesday night certainly won’t hurt heading into the summer.
Lee Tomlin, Ben Brereton and Apostolos Vellios were all on the scoresheet as the Reds racked up one of their biggest wins of the season.
Fans were delighted with the performance and singled out youngster Brereton for particular praise after his classy finish from Tomlin’s defence splitting pass.
The 19-year-old has had his struggles this season but Karanka has continued to give him backing in the first team and with two goals and an assist in his last three games, that time on the pitch is now paying dividends.
Can he develop further and become a consistent goalscorer for Forest next season?
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his Tuesday display…
Brilliant to see Ben Brereton & Matty Cash playing well & getting some reward.
Always good to see academy players succeeding
I guess patience is a virtue, some supporters need to learn that..#NFFC ⭐⭐
— Chris North (@1_NewarkOutlaw) April 24, 2018
And Ben Brereton is absolutely superb, going to be a star. Don’t understand how there are #nffc fans that don’t rate him and criticise at all
— Mark (@rippey89) April 24, 2018
awesome tonight @benbreo. Up front on your own is a role not many can play but you are making it your own. Well taken goal too.
— kev ward (@kevward3) April 24, 2018
Enjoyed that. Thought Matty Cash was exceptional, as were Lee Tomlin and Ben Brereton in particular. But a good team performance. Barnsley just couldn't live with that front three.
— Baz Cooper (@bazdjcooper) April 24, 2018
Kudos to Karanka for sticking with Brereton even when some were starting to get on his back. This is such valuable experience.
— Ells (@dick_ee) April 24, 2018
Really good 1st half from Forest. Nice fluid passing game & movement, well deserved 2-0 lead. Cash, Brereton & Tomlin on their A- game. Why Brereton gets stick is beyond me, the lad has been leading the line as a 19-yr-old, with, previously, limited service bordering on scraps.
— Sheldon Miller (@SheldonMiller) April 24, 2018
Satisfactory evening for #nffc and plenty of positives. Three well-taken goals and a threat going forward. Brereton led the line very well and growing in confidence, Cash excellent and Mancienne had a solid night. Fuentes injury a dampener. Wish him a speedy recovery.
— Lewis Rudd (@Lewis_Rudd_84) April 24, 2018
Viva Ben Brereton.
— Baz (@HarrySaxtonn) April 24, 2018