A performance to be proud of for the Reds’ as they retained the Brian Clough Trophy at Pride Park but they failed to take all 3 points as a late equaliser will have certainly disappointed Chris Hughton’s men.
Hughton made 2 changes to his starting 11 that saw off Rotherham in their 1-0 win at the New York Stadium on Tuesday night. Yates and Bong missed put on the squad completely after starting midweek and Yates scoring the winner. Yates was replaced by youngster James Garner and Bong by Portuguese full back Yuri Ribeiro. It is believed Yates may have missed out through injury
It was the Rams’ kicked off the East Midlands derby at Pride Park. The game started off incredibly quietly with a huge lack of chances at either end. The first real chance fell to Graeme Shinnie as Brice Samba made a brilliant save to keep the Reds’ in the game. Derby players appealed for a handball from Ribeiro on the follow up, the referee saw nothing in it however.
It was the Reds’ who took the lead with their first real attempt of the game as Manchester United loanee James Garner struck the ball from the edge of the box and David Marshall palmed the effort into his own net awarding the Reds’ with a 1-0 lead and Garner with the first senior goal of his career.
Forest nearly capitalised on another goalkeeping mistake as Kelle Roos replaced the injured David Marshall, it was Garner again causing the keepers trouble as his effort from outside the box was to much for Roos to handle and Glenn Murray nearly managed to pounce on the rebound but just missed out. An astonishingly sombre first half really came to life for the Reds’ in the last 15 minutes as they looked livelier and more started to take advantage of the game.
Half Time: Derby 0-1 Nottingham Forest
The Reds’ needed to carry on how they finished the first half and the Ram’s needed a complete turnaround in form and attitude from the end of the first half. It was Derby however who, against the run of play, created the first major chance of the second half as the ball fell to Colin Kazim-Richards who fizzed it just wide of Brice Samba’s far post.
Neither side backed down in the second half as both the Reds’ and the Rams’ looked to cause upset in the East Midlands derby and going for goal. Garner had an opportunity for Forest as he found himself unmarked for a header in the box, it was straight at Kelle Roos and easy for the Derby keeper to deal with. Luke Freeman also saw his shot deflected just wide of the post and an effort blaze over the bar.
The Reds’ continued to control the game well but against the run of play a mistake by Figueiredo saw the ball fall to Kazim-Richards to hammer past Brice Samba and equalise for the Rams’… a hard one for Chris Hughton’s men to take after fighting so hard to maintain their lead. Gregory almost made it 2-1 immediately after as the game became end-to-end with Knockaert and Krovinovic seeing opportunities for Forest.
After a comfortable performance for most of the game, the Reds’ would be disappointed not to be travelling back down the A52 with all 3 points. Chris Hughton’s Reds’ still leave with their pride intact, the Brian Clough Trophy and an 8-game unbeaten run against Derby, the longest in either club’s history!