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Worrall targeting Toon

1 December 2016

Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall is looking to take the game to Newcastle United when they visit The City Ground on Friday.

The academy graduate feels that The Reds need to play on the front foot against the league leaders, as sitting back and inviting pressure could spell trouble.

He said: “It 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.”

Worrall has loved every minute of playing in the Garibaldi shirt since making his debut at Reading and said that it means more to him having grown up watching his heroes at The City Ground.

He said: “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!

“I was a little nervous on my debut against Reading but you do not really concentrate on the crowd or who you are playing against. It is just another name and number on the shirt, you just get on with it and try and beat them.

“Being on loan last year and getting that experience in the Football League I think has put me in good stead to breaking into the team this season. Me and Matty [Cash] were joking that this was going to be our year and it is a bit of a fairytale story; to go out there and play with one of my best mates in front of the crowd is really good.

“It means everything to wear the shirt and go out there. A lot of my friends come and watch and say they can’t believe I am playing. Sometimes I do sit back and think but I have worked really hard to be here and it is paying off for the hard work over the years.”

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