Nottingham Forest legend Mark Crossley has praised Joe Worrall for his classy display as the Reds beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday. A 1-0 win was secured thanks to Anthony Elanga’s goal just after half-time.
Worrall’s performance caught the eye though. He has endured a tragic week with the bereavement of one of his relatives but this performance belied what the captain is all about.
The 26-year-old was outstanding against Chelsea. Despite coming up against a barrage of attacks from a team that cost millions to assemble, Worrall just wouldn’t give up.
The Reds took months to win a game away from the City Ground last season. It was January when they defeated Southampton 1-0 to claim a first win on the road but they have one in just their third away game this time around.
Crossley was impressed with Worrall’s performance. He took to Twitter and issued a five-word assessment of his display at Stamford Bridge, which said:
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Crossley knows what it takes to win things at Forest. He was a popular figure at the club throughout the late eighties and nineties, with the goalkeeper one of Brian Clough’s finest recruits.
He can often be found at the City Ground these days on ambassadorial duties. As a result, he keeps a firm eye on the team’s fortunes and he was impressed yesterday.
Crossley raves about Worrall after big Forest win
This was a remarkable win for the Reds. In Worrall, Forest had a big-game player and supporters will now be hoping that he can produce this level of performance more often than not.
Given his traumatic week, this really did typify the sort of bloke that Worrall is. He left everything on the Stamford Bridge turf and showed a level of composure that has sometimes been lacking.
The Reds will now hope to pick up more points. Last season was a little bit too close for comfort and after 13 new signings, Worrall will be hoping Forest can enjoy a much less stressful campaign.