Joe Worrall is aiming to right Nottingham Forest’s wrongs after the club made their worst start to a league campaign in 108 years.
The Reds lost 2-1 at home to Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon, falling to their fifth defeat in six games.
The pressure has piled on manager Chris Hughton, whose side have yielded only one point from a possible 18, and are yet to record a win this term.
Forest have now made their worst start to a league campaign in 108 years, ahead of tonight’s clash with Middlesbrough at the City Ground.
But speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Worrall played down the statistic, highlighting that a few wins could quickly change the mood.
He said: “I’ve seen the stat. We’re playing Middlesbrough next – I don’t think they’re a team who are going to run away with the league. I don’t think they are somebody we should be frightened of.
“We are a team with bags of talent. We’ve got a great manager. We’ve got players who can come off the bench and impact in a positive way. And we need to think about picking up points, it’s as simple as that.
“We can’t look at that stat and think, ‘oh, it’s the worst start to a season in 108 years’. What about if we pick up nine points from the next three games? We’d be on 10 points then. When does the start of the year actually start, if you get what I mean?
“If we lose the first game of a season every year, it’s, ‘oh, it’s the worst start we’ve had for a year’.
“Those stats are rubbish really. You can’t judge a team and league position until the end of the season, until you’ve been home and away against every team. That’s when you can really slap a stat on it and say, ‘that goes down in the history books’.
“All this stuff about it being the worst start, it can be erased from memory if you pick up a win.”
Forest host Boro this evening looking to pick up their first win of the season, with Boro only winning one of their opening six games under Neil Warnock.
You have to wonder what the feeling will be like if Forest do win this evening.
A lot of fans have already turned against Chris Hughton, and I’m not so sure that one win will change those feelings.
But Worrall is right. If Forest can pick up a win tonight and go on a run, then that will go some way towards silencing critics, and a bad start may be forgotten.
It’s a tall order, though, and the odds are certainly stacked against Hughton as he looks to turn the tide and turn Forest’s fortunes around.