Nottingham Forest defeated Fleetwood Town 1-0 in the EFL Cup first round last night thanks to a second-half goal from Tiago Silva.
It was the Reds’ first victory of the campaign and came despite boss Sabri Lamouchi making nine changes to his starting eleven.
One man who did remain from Saturday’s draw at Leeds United was central defender Joe Worrall.
It was a proud moment for the Forest academy graduate as he was made captain for the night in the absence of Michael Dawson and Ben Watson.
Forest will play Derby in the next round and following the game, Worrall tweeted how proud he was at wearing the armband for his boyhood team, whilst also offering his thoughts on the next round:
— Joe Worrall (@JoeWorrall5) August 13, 2019
One man who always knew that Worrall would become a leader of men is Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.
He was Worrall’s boss for the 2018/19 campaign during his season-long loan spell at Ibrox.
Following a goalscoring appearance against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup, Gerrard spoke of his delight at Worrall.
He told The Scottish Sun: “I thought Joe was outstanding, it was a man-of-the-match performance and he will be a captain if whatever team he plays for. He is a leader and he stepped up today.”
Worrall has started all three of Forest’s games so far this season and looks to like being a regular under Lamouchi.
He has shown signs of promise since returning from Rangers and Forest supporters will hope his recent rise continues.