Nottingham Forest battered Leicester City 4-1 in the FA Cup yesterday and in Joe Worrall, the Reds have a player who typifies what playing for the football club should be all about.

The Reds were rampant. Steve Cooper went back to a 3-4-3 system and the Foxes couldn’t cope with a dominant performance from the home side.

First-half goals from Philip Zinckernagel, Brennan Johnson and Worrall set the tone. Kelechi Iheanacho pulling one back before the break couldn’t take the shine off such a brilliant 45 minutes.

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The Reds put the seal on the win in the second half. Djed Spence raced through after some neat footwork by Zinckernagel to fire beyond Danny Ward to restore a three-goal cushion.

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Worrall was a surprise inclusion in the Forest team. It was only a fortnight ago when Cooper claimed that the defender could miss a month or more after cracking his ribs.

The 25-year-old is made of stern stuff though. Furthermore, he isn’t the sort of player that will let something menial like a cracked rib stop him from putting his body on the line for the club he loves.

He ultimately missed three games with his latest injury. Forest won games against Derby and Barnsley in his absence but he was sorely missed when the Reds lost to Cardiff last week.

What did Forest star Worrall do that was so brilliant against Leicester?

Naturally, Worrall was calm and composed. He also helped himself to a goal and the header from a James Garner corner was truly a joy to behold.

The academy graduate brings calmness to the defensive unit. His leadership qualities also slip under the radar and many believe he should be the team’s captain.

Yesterday, Worrall did produce a moment of defensive silk that left Forest fan purring.

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The central defender channelled his inner John Terry by sticking his head where it hurts to prevent Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall from creating a chance for Leicester.

It was a moment that typified Worrall. He is renowned for being a heart on his sleeve character and he’s a player who would do anything for the football club.

Worrall is destined to play in the Premier League. Forest supporters will hope that is next season after the defender has helped the club to promotion this season.

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