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Joe Worrall looks ahead to Nottingham Forest, Derby County meeting

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Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall is relishing the prospect of facing Derby County in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The 22-year-old captained his hometown club last night, as the Reds booked their place in the second round of competition with a 1-0 victory over Fleetwood Town at the City Ground.

Tiago Silva scored the only goal of the game in the 59th minute, as Nottingham Forest survived a spirited display for the League One outfit for their first victory under new head coach Sabri Lamouchi, setting up a tasty second-round clash with Derby.

After the game, Worrall posted a message to Nottingham Forest fans on his personal Instagram account, describing it as an honour to captain his hometown club and admitting that he is excited by the prospect of facing their rivals in the next round.

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Honour to captain Nottingham Forest tonight. Professional performance and a tasty draw in the next round ????????

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Worrall has made over 50 appearances for Nottingham Forest but spent last season on loan at Rangers, after falling out of favour at the City Ground under Aitor Karanka.

The centre-back has impressed for Nottingham Forest so far this season, playing every minute of action for the Reds under Lamouchi – who replaced Martin O’Neill in charge at the City Ground earlier this summer.

The Verdict

I’m sure it must have been a very special feeling for Worrall to captain his hometown club to victory at the City Ground and I’m expecting him to play an important role for Nottingham Forest in the Championship this season.

I’m sure it would have been a big relief for the players to get their first win under Lamouchi and to book their place in the next round of the cup in the process.

Worrall and his teammates can now look forward to what promises to be a fiercely competitive game against Derby in the second round.

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