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Worrall: Let's give it a good go

19 June 2020

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Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall is determined to get back on the front foot as The Reds restart the season at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Reds get back underway at Hillsborough on Saturday still right in the mix for a top six spot, and Worrall wants to keep working hard to achieve that goal.

He said: “We have had a fantastic season, it is starting afresh but instead of thinking about it like that, we have to carry on doing what we had been doing.

“The last game we played was Millwall at home which wasn’t great, but if you have a look at the times we have had bad results, we have always bounced back straight away.

“We don’t dwell on things like that and we have had a long time to think about that game, I have still not watched it back because I don’t want to, but it is still on our minds that we need to put the last result behind us and push on.

“We owe Sheffield Wednesday one as well because they did us at The City Ground. It is a great stadium to go to, Hillsborough, and Sheffield Wednesday are a good team in their own right.

“It will be an interesting fixture but with the times at the minute, with the football and an empty stadium, you have to put it all to one side and think that we have the remaining games left, it is the same for everybody, 11 v 11 and we will give it a good go.”

Worrall knows that every match is crucial if Forest are to cement that play-off spot, with head coach Sabri Lamouchi identifying the most important element of their preparation.

“The first thing the manager said when we came back in was that yes, technically and physically we are there but it is mentally that we need to be there,” Worrall said.

“You can hear everything on the pitch when there are no fans, no. crowd noise or music going on. It is key that we are all positive and look towards the same goal. You will see a lot of mistakes across professional football when there is no crowd there, so if we can cut the mistakes out and keep them to the bare minimum then we will be ok.

“They are massive games. One thing watching the Premier League starting, was that they reminded me or reserve or Under 23 games. They were massive for my development, it was a few years ago that I was playing in front of empty stadiums. Players like myself, Tyler Walker, Jordan Smith, Matty Cash have been there only a few years ago.

“It will be different for the lads who haven’t done that for many years, and it is not something that I am used to but it wasn’t that long ago that I was playing in those kind of games. It will be similar to that and hopefully we can get some good results.”

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