David Johnson has lauded Joe Worrall for his efforts as Nottingham Forest drew 2-2 with Stoke City at the City Ground.
The centre-back played the final 10 minutes of the game in goal after regular stopper Brice Samba was sent off and the Reds had used all three substitutes.
Worrall couldn’t save Lewis Baker’s spot-kick but he did produce a couple of decent moments to snuff out the threat of a Stoke winner.
Samba will now miss three matches. His act of violent conduct didn’t go down well in the eyes of Steve Cooper who was fuming with his goalkeeper.
Worrall is a man who often earns rave reviews from the Forest fan base. The 25-year-old donned the gloves and further enhanced his reputation with the fan base.
The Reds took the lead yesterday when a beautiful Max Lowe cross was tapped home by Brennan Johnson.
A Josh Maja tap-in restored parity for Stoke and Baker’s penalty looked to have handed Stoke a big win in the hunt for a play-off place.
Forest weren’t to be denied though and Ryan Yates nodded home from a couple of yards after a James Garner free-kick had rattled the bar.
What did Johnson say about Forest star Worrall?
The former striker and father of Brennan Johnson has summed up Worrall using just two words.
The defender has further enhanced his glowing reputation with supporters by stepping up and going in goal when Forest needed him to.
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Forest were denied the chance to win by Samba’s moment of madness. He will learn from this but he will now owe the Reds one in the future.
Worrall not only went in goal; he did so with the cracked ribs that he’s still nursing after injuring them last month.
The Reds captain is very much the man of the moment and Johnson appreciated Worrall’s brilliance.