Nottingham Forest captain Joe Worrall criticized by Steve Hodge

Steve Hodge criticized Nottingham Forest captain Joe Worrall live BBC Radio Nottingham yesterday. The 26-year-old was guilty of committing a first-half penalty that allowed Harry Kane to score another goal against the Reds.

Worrall has had trouble adjusting to the Premier League. He’s been guilty of making mistakes and ultimately not learning from them on several occasions this season.

Worrall hit Hodge
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The defender was named club captain for the 2022/23 campaign. He’s a role he takes great pride in, but right now he’s struggling to capture any real form.

Worrall has actually been knocked out on three separate occasions by Steve Cooper. He was out of the team recently when Willy Boly and Scott McKenna became the first choice, but injuries to those players strained Cooper’s arm.

The player who has gone through the Forest youth system was not at his best yesterday. His decision to dive into Richarlison was really bad and gave Harry Kane a chance to double his count from the spot.

Hodge didn’t hold back BBC Radio Nottingham. He said: “Joe Worrall has made a howl there, a really bad decision. He’s never going to get there, it’s a clear penalty and Kane does what he does.”

Worrall criticized by Hodge after a disastrous performance

The player had a bit of a Twitter lockdown spree after yesterday’s game. Many were quick to criticize his performance against Tottenham and it really was a bad performance.

The penalty he gave away was just the icing on the cake. He put in a largely poor performance and struggled to get acquainted with Richarlison and Kane all afternoon in north London.

Worrall hit Hodge
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Worrall has to start learning from his mistakes, and fast. Forest will continue to concede soft goals with their captain in this kind of form and it’s just unacceptable at the moment.

Hodge is right to blame Worrall’s door. For a very experienced defender, his decision to go to ground when Richarlison was walking away from goal seems like an amateur decision at best.

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