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Nothing like a win to make everybody feel OK about themselves once again.
Although depending on who you ask, they were already feeling pretty good about themselves to begin with. At least that’s what Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall makes of the whole situation.
Having been brought crashing back down to earth with two defeats in two games, things finally got back on track with victory away to Luton Town last weekend.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Worrall said that things weren’t bad as they might seem because losses like them are part and parcel of playing in a division like the Championship and whether or not their momentum was affected by those setbacks:
“It was never off track. We’ve done really well. We were top of the league after nine games. There’s shock results all over the place. Results seem to be going our way.”
Whilst it’s true to say that freak results like these can come at any time, just look at Leeds United’s loss to Wigan Athletic at the back end of last campaign, that doesn’t mean that they should be brushed aside as if they’re something to expect and just natural in this division.
It’s about making sure that they either don’t happen at all, or at the very least making sure that you bounce back from them if and when they do happen. Much in the same way they bounced back from the defeat to Nottingham Forest on the opening weekend of the season.
So with one victory under their belts, it’s time to keep that momentum going into the international break. No better way to sign things off by going into things on a high and making sure you’re not on a down note through the break as you wait two weeks to ‘get things right’ again.
Whilst they might not have much of an effect right now, with Forest only three points off a top-two spot, it could end up costing them come the end of the season when they look back on the points they missed out on.