Nottingham Forest ended their poor run of form in the English Championship on Saturday with a late victory at home to Ipswich Town.
Forest had failed to score in their six matches prior to Saturday’s game and fans feared it would be the same old story before a dramatic end to the 90 minutes.
Trailing by a goal heading into closing stages of the match after a first half Grant Ward strike, the Reds were inspired by Ben Brereton to steal a win, who first scored an 89th minute penalty then assisted Joe Lolley deep into stoppage time for their winning goal.
Brereton has come under much criticism from supporters in recent weeks and months but showed great bravery to put that behind him and convert from the spot, after initially winning the foul.
Fans were hugely impressed with his strength of character, especially from a player who is still just 18 years of age.
Can that now inspire him to perform more consistently and score more goals before the end of the season?
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Brereton didn't have an amazing game and was struggling for form- yet he grabbed the ball straight away for the penalty and stuck the ball right in the corner. He didn't shirk responsibility, and showed great strength of character. He deserves praise for that imo 👏 #NFFC
— Danny (@danny_nffc_) April 14, 2018
Wasn’t at the game today but for Brereton to win the penalty and score it in the 90th minute, that takes some ginormous bollocks, especially for all the stick he’s been getting! Buzzing for the lad. #NFFC
— Callum Thomas (@callum_thomas8) April 14, 2018
Brereton has had loads of criticism. Showed some serious balls stepping up to take that penalty.
And another frequently criticized Ben Osborn was superb today. #nffc
— Warren Allsworth (@warrenallsworth) April 14, 2018
A great sporting day made even more perfect with ##NFFC finally scoring and gaining 3 points. Brilliant that Ben Brereton instrumental in both goals. He has taken some undeserved criticism of late but didn't hide and has got his reward.
— Mick McHugh (@onedeswalker) April 14, 2018
People can say what they like about Brereton. And his performance in recent weeks. But don’t under estimate, how much bollocks it took to step up and take that penalty. Given the circumstances. #nffc
— CityGroundShelfSide (@CityGroundShelf) April 14, 2018
Well done young man! 👏👏👏 took a real man to go forward and take that penalty! Keep working hard & more goals will follow
— jo cresham (@jocresham) April 14, 2018
Well done, Ben. Kept your nerve to get that elusive goal we’ve been craving for weeks. 👏👏👏 #NFFC
— Dave (@dj_zotov) April 14, 2018
Ben ignore the boo boys. You showed great character to step up and take the penalty. All real #nffc fans are behind you.
— david huskisson (@dhuskiss) April 14, 2018