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    Fan Reaction: 'Nottingham Forest beating Arsenal in FA Cup feels surreal'

    Nottingham Forest have caused shockwaves through the footballing world by not only beating FA Cup holders Arsenal in the third round of this year's competition, but doing so in style, claiming a 4-2 victory at the City Ground.

    The Reds have had little to smile about in recent seasons, surviving relegation on the final day in 2016-17 and lacking form this season, which led to the sacking of Mark Warburton, but they made the Gunners look truly second best in West Bridgford on Sunday evening.

    A remarkable brace by Eric Lichaj, plus penalties by youngsters Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell, saw interim boss Gary Brazil pull off a superb victory that will ensure his place in history as one of the finest caretaker manager tenures of recent times (Roberto Di Matteo's spell at Chelsea is probably not going to be beaten though).

    Brereton, who let's not forget is 18 years old, made mincemeat of experienced Germany international and World Cup winner Per Mertesacker, as five of Forest's starting line-up came through the ranks.

    All in all, a superb afternoon for the Reds, who successfully avenged their 4-0 hammering at the hands of Arsene Wenger's side in the EFL Cup last season.

    Football Manics has spoken to Forest fan Steve Corry, matchday commentator for the Reds and Mansfield Town for Alan March Sports (Twitter: @FitzCorry), to get an insight on the victory and also how things are at the club at present.

    How does it feel to have beaten Arsenal in the FA Cup?

    Frankly it feels surreal to have beaten Arsenal, simply due to the way in which we dominated them from beginning to end.

    Did you think you would be able to pull off an upset?

    If I'm honest, I never expected us to beat the FA Cup holders, especially as they destroyed us with a weakened side in the EFL Cup two years ago.

    How are things at the club currently?

    Things are constantly improving at the club, thankfully, a large section of our fans are buying into the ethos that it won't happen over night anymore.

    Who would you like in the fourth round?

    I'm going to buck the trend and say that I'd like a lower league club in the next round. The longer we can remain in this amazing old competition, the more hope we have as fans. Realistically, I can't see us getting promoted this season, so a prolonged cup run would be fantastic.

    Who would you like as your new permanent manager?

    Personally, I would prefer the club to avoid the cliché BIG names. I recently made a public call for the services of Nathan Jones & Paul Hart from Luton Town.

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