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‘Forest are my team and trying to beat the best team in the league is a challenge’

4 years ago

In only his fifth ever game for them, 19 year old Nottingham Forest fan and defender, Joe Worrall, can’t wait to play a ‘great team’ like Newcastle.

Getting his chance through injury, the young Forest player says that he and his teammates have to ‘take the game’ to Newcastle and can’t afford to ‘sit back and absorb the pressure’.

They got away with it at Ipswich with a 2-0 win and then followed that up with a 5-2 victory at Barnsley – but Joe Worrall indicates he doesn’t think they would get away with it against Newcastle and so need to ‘play higher up the pitch’.

Newcastle dominated possession in their last two matches but couldn’t find a single goal in the two lots of 90 minutes, only managing the Diame one in extra time against 10 men.

If Forest do come out and try to attack Newcastle, it could be exactly what’s needed to get the goals and points flowing again for Rafa Benitez, as they exploit the opposition on the counter-attack.

Joe Worrall:

“It (Newcastle) is a big game for us coming off the back of two good away wins. It has put us in good stead to take it to them and hopefully get a result. Playing at home in the form we are in we have a good chance.

“It would be a massive boost to win, they are a great team and have been tipped to go up. Saying that, the last two games we have won, so confidence is high and it will be even better the more games you win.

“It is about gaining momentum in this league. If you lose three you are down the bottom and if you win three you are near to the top so to try and get three points is a must.

We cannot sit back and absorb the pressure like we did against Ipswich. We defended quite deep in the second half and were camped on the edge of our box a bit so I think we need to take the game to them. Whoever plays and whatever the formation is, we need to play higher up in their half.

“Fans and a lot of people think it is the same old football clichés but whoever we come up against it doesn’t really matter, we just have to try and get the three points. It means a bit more that Forest are my team and trying to beat the best team in the league is a challenge.

“I am cherishing playing in the team and whoever we come up against doesn’t change my perspective of the game – just head it and kick it and that’s it!’


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