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.

Joe Worrall
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 13: Shane Long of AFC Bournemouth is challenged by Joe Worrall of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and AFC Bournemouth at City Ground on February 13, 2021 in Nottingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

“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.”

Joe Worrall
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 13: Ben Pearson of AFC Bournemouth makes a goal line clearance during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and AFC Bournemouth at City Ground on February 13, 2021 in Nottingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

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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