15 July 2024


Stay true to yourself – Steve Cooper not wavering over his philosophy | The  Independent

Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper bemoaned Joe Worrall after yesterday’s 2-2 draw with Luton Town. The Hatters came from two goals behind to snatch a point at the City Ground.

Worrall was introduced just after Chris Wood had scored his second of the afternoon to make it 2-0 to Forest. The captain didn’t cover himself in glory with the second goal as Elijah Adebayo bullied him to score a deserved equaliser.

Forest have slipped to 15th in the Premier League. They’ve not taken three points from home games against Burnley, Brentford and Luton which isn’t a particularly healthy return.

Forest boss Cooper bemoans Worrall for second goal

It’s always been a vice of Worrall’s. Whenever he came up against big target men in the Championship he was often found wanting and here he was making another error.

The 26-year-old has to learn from these errors if he’s to become a regular in the team at Premier League level. Cooper is aware of that too and he’s not considered him a regular in the team this season.

After the game yesterday, Cooper bemoaned the second goal. He told The Athletic: “For the second goal, we were not strong enough, there was no pressure on the ball. We were not strong enough with the aerial ball, which was clear to see.”

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The Forest head coach didn’t name Worrall but in talking about the aerial challenge, he’s clearly referring to the captain. Ultimately, there comes a time when sentiment has to cease and it’s worth noting that Moussa Niakhate was overlooked yesterday.

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