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Forest v Villa: Grealish: My belief in talented squad

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Forest v Villa: Grealish: My belief in talented squad

Jack Grealish says there’s a “quiet confidence” in camp with the team heading to Nottingham Forest this weekend as he praised the “great blend” in the claret and blue ranks.

Grealish insists there’s plenty of belief in the ranks as the side travel to the City Ground for the 5.30pm Sky Sports encounter on Saturday.

He said: “We’re sitting in a good position now. The way we performed in the last two leagues games has been really heartening. 

“We beat Middlesbrough and they had a new manager which is always a tricky moment. That, for me, was one of the best performances of the season because I think the Riverside is always a tough place to go. 

“Against Bristol City, it was the standout performances of the season. They had beaten Man Utd in the cup and run Wolves narrowly close in the league. 

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“You can see how talented they are. But when we step it up, we know what we can do. It’s about keeping that up. 

“There’s certainly a quiet confidence in the group. We believe. We really do. 

“You look around our squad – there’s talent, experience, youth, defensive strength, attacking flair – there’s a great blend in there, no question. We have a bit of everything. And the manager will obviously be looking to add to the group this January too. 

"It’s looking good for the second half of the season – and we know what we need to do. 

“Heading into this weekend, it will be a buzzing atmosphere at the City Ground. No question of that. 

“There’s good vibes swirling there at the moment. They’ve just beaten Arsenal and they’ve appointed a new manager. 

“But, from our point of view, we have so much belief going into this game – the most we have had all season.

“The lads who have been playing in the Championship are absolutely full of confidence. We have scored six in two games without conceding a goal. That’s second to none. 

“It’s a good game to be involved in. It’s Saturday night, live on Sky, under the lights – you’ve got to love those matches. 

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“I am desperate to play well because I got sent off. We ended up losing the game so if I do get the nod to start, I will be right up for it.”

Grealish is also well aware that the team went out of the FA Cup third round to Peterborough.

He doesn’t accept the clichés that it’s all about the league – but thinks that should absolutely be the focus now we have exited the competition.

He added: “I was gutted with the FA Cup loss. It’s a huge competition for me. 

“I’ll never forget getting to the final in 2015 and I won’t ever forget the semi-final. I was playing at Wembley in the claret and blue shirt – it was just a dream come true. 

“Fans say that semi-final was the best moment of following Villa, well trust me, it was the best moment for me of playing for Villa. 

“I love the FA Cup. It’s an amazing trophy, an amazing competition, I can’t speak highly enough of it. 

“We wanted to go through. But it wasn’t meant to be. Peterborough were the better team on the day. Now we need to move on.”

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 13th January 2018