Joe Worrall has admitted that a solid base is the secret to Nottingham Forest’s revival after their 0-0 draw with AFC Bournemouth.
The hard battled point meant that Forest have now lost just one of their last 11 league games, taking six clean sheets in that time.
Worrall has been instrumental in that defensive shape and he said after the match that it is imperative, while the understanding amongst the group has helped significantly.
“It’s what you build your foundations on, your clean sheet and your defending,” Worrall said to Sky Sports after being made Man of the Match.
“We’re getting a bit of an understanding as well, the manager’s very good at that.
“He doesn’t change the team around a lot and we’re getting used to playing with each other now and that week we’ve had before this game has really helped settle us down a bit and got us to do a bit more training together.
“We keep learning every day.”
Worrall also spoke of his anguish watching the club falter from the sidelines at the start of the season, but believes now there’s been a period of calm and the club can kick on from that.
“It was painful watching from the stands and watching the way we were playing at the start, especially after a good season.
“But now, I think as soon as things calm down, you get the transfer windows out the way and the players start gelling and growing and building into the Forest way.
“We should be ok.”
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