Nottingham Forest lock horns with fierce rivals Derby County this weekend with the Reds looking to establish their position inside the top-six of the Championship.

The Reds will go into the game looking to return to winning ways at the City Ground having lost 2-1 to Hull City during their last fixture on home soil.

Forest beat Luton 2-1 on Saturday to go fifth in the Championship and in Joe Worrall the Reds have a player who is simply hellbent on beating Derby this weekend.

Joe Worrall, Nottingham Forest – (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

The central defender is Nottingham born and bred and he doesn’t think losing is really an option this weekend.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “You watch the game from the stands and you know how much it means for the people around you. As a player, people know I love the club. I want to beat Derby. It’s as simple as that.

“Hopefully the bragging rights are on the red side after the game. It’s a big occasion, but everyone tries to build the game up. It’s a normal game and we’ve just got to carry on as players.”


Having Worrall in the Forest ranks could give the Reds the edge this weekend.


The likes of the defender and Matty Cash, who has risen through the ranks at the club, know all too well the magnitude of the game as far as the supporters are concerned and that could bode well.

Whilst Derby do have a few youngsters in their team they don’t perhaps have the homegrown quota that Forest possesses and that could see them at a disadvantage this weekend.

Of course, the Rams still have some exceptional players within their ranks but there is a sense that Worrall could act as a secret weapon for Lamouchi’s team this weekend.

Joe Worrall, Nottingham Forest – (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

His comments suggest that he is desperate to beat the Rams and send them packing for the second time this season and you sense he won’t be satisfied until he achieves that.

Being from the area will give Worrall that extra 15-20% of commitment for certain.  As long as he plays the game with his head and not his heart; Forest will be on the right track this weekend.


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