Nottingham Forest beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday and at the end of the contest, there was a poignant moment between Joe Worrall and Steve Cooper.
On a tough week for the Reds captain personally, he produced his best display ever for Forest as he showcased the sort of character that he is.
Worrall lost his uncle last week. Hero police offer Graham Saville was fatally injured in the line of duty and clearly, it was a heartbreaking moment for Worrall to hear of his passing.
It would have been easy, so easy, for Worrall to sit this one out. With the international break on the horizon, he could have taken all the time he needed to get himself mentally accustomed to the situation.
Instead, the 26-year-old the football club, his very football club, first. He pulled on the strip, tightened the armband around his bicep and gave every last drop of blood, sweat and teams for the Forest cause.
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Worrall produced a real leader’s display for his beloved Forest. He earned praise from his manager at the end and this could perhaps go down as the centre-back’s defining moment as a Forest star.
Poignant moment between Cooper and Worrall spotted after Forest win over Chelsea
The Athletic claimed that amid the wild celebrations at the end, there was a moment between Cooper and Forest star Worrall that looked heartwarming.
After a Forest win, particularly, on the road, it’s normally Cooper who fans wait for with bated breath, eagerly anticipating the gaffer’s trio of fist pumps.
This time Cooper still produced his trademark. Afterwards, however, he turned to his skipper, the man who barks out orders on the pitch, ensuring he received some praise for his efforts.
He was spotted pushing his captain towards the Forest faithful; with the supporters giving him a warm rendition of ‘He’s one of our own’.
Worrall has had criticism in the past. On Saturday, he turned a corner and long may this sort of form continue for the inspirations Forest captain.