Nottingham Forest suffered defeat at Derby County’s iPro Stadium this afternoon.
A hat-trick from Craig Bryson and goals from Jeff Hendrick and Johnny Russell handed the hosts a 5-0 win.
Billy Davies made two changes to the side that drew with Doncaster last weekend. Jamie Mackie replaced the injured Andy Reid and Guy Moussi, making his 150th Forest appearance, came in for Greg Halford.
Despite making a bright start to the match Forest found themselves behind on six minutes. Patrick Bamford was unable to turn home Jamie Ward’s cross from the byline but Jeff Hendrick kept the move alive, crossing the ball for Bryson. The midfielder’s initial header bounced off Moussi before the ball fell kindly at his feet for him to squeeze it over the line.
Jamie Mackie set about offering an immediate response with a barnstorming run down the right. He showed great strength to hold off his defender before sending the ball across the face of goal and out for a throw-in with a cross-cum-shot.
Despite the early setback Forest maintained their composure and almost carved out an opportunity as a result of patient build up in Derby’s final third. Jamie Paterson skipped away from his man down the left but could only curl the ball high over everyone in the middle and out for a goal kick.
The visitors continued their pressure, benefiting from Richard Keogh’s sloppy pass as Paterson raced towards goal. The Rams recovered to turn the ball behind for a corner before clearing the danger.
Derby had an opportunity of their own when Forsyth blasted the ball over from just inside the area, before Forest threatened again at the other end.
Greening did well to win a 50/50, sliding the ball to Majewski. The Pole shifted the ball onto his right foot before curling it low towards goal. Lee Grant held onto it comfortably.
But on 32 minutes Forest were again left reeling by a Bryson sucker punch. Bamford controlled a throw-in down the right before playing a cute ball into the area for Chris Martin. The striker brought the ball under control expertly before laying it off for Bryson to fire precisely into Darlow’s bottom-right corner.
And it was 3-0 five minutes later when Gonzalo Jara failed to deal with a long ball forward as The Rams launched a counter attack. Bamford took charge, drawing Forest’s defenders towards him before playing the ball to Hendrick who had made a surging run down the left. The midfielder took his time before slotting the ball coolly beyond Darlow.
An injury to Ward after celebrations died down presented a lengthy stoppage during which Forest will no doubt have been wondering how the game had slipped away from them so quickly. Ward was replaced by Russell.
The hosts pressed again with four minutes to play in the half, Bamford seeing his shot loop up off Lascelles and over the bar, before another cross-cum-shot from Mackie resulted in the ball running out for a throw down the left.
Moussi made way for Darius Henderson at half-time, but another goal out of the blue put the game well and truly beyond the away side on 54 minutes.
Russell picked the ball up on the edge of the area and lashed the ball sweetly across Darlow and into the top-right corner of the net.
Despite the scoreline the Forest faithful remained in fine voice, and they were treated to a good spell of Reds pressure as the hour mark approached.
Lascelles met Paterson’s inswinging corner with a strong header which Cox couldn’t divert goalwards, before Paterson showed excellent feet to work space down the left. He whipped the ball into the middle where Henderson was unable to generate sufficient contact, the ball skimming off his head and all the way out for a throw.
Minutes later Cox fired the ball wide under pressure after Henderson had knocked down Fox’s cross.
The hosts reasserted their authority after that however, as mistakes from Jara and Lascelles opened the door for Russell to bear down on goal. The latter recovered brilliantly to hook the ball away from the substitute.
A minute later Darlow made a superb save to deny Martin who had cleverly flicked the ball towards his near post, before the keeper saw Bryson’s free-kick curl just wide of his left-hand post.
And a busy spell for Darlow culminated in him conceding a penalty, referee Michael Naylor adjudging him to have tripped Bamford in the area as the striker took the ball away from goal. Bryson put the ball straight down the middle from the spot to claim his hat-trick.
As the game neared its conclusion Fox’s free-kick from the right was met by Lascelles who nodded the ball a couple of yards over Grant’s crossbar, before Derbyshire could only flick the ball wide of the post after latching on to Halford’s lofted cross in the first of three added minutes.
Majewski had the final shot of the game, sending the ball wide of Grant’s post with 30 seconds to play, as Forest were left to lick their wounds after a tough afternoon at their near neighbours.
Forest: Darlow, Jara, Lascelles, Collins(c), Fox, Moussi (Henderson 46'), Greening, Majewski, Mackie, Paterson (Halford 64'), Cox (Derbyshire 79')
Subs not used: De Vries, Harding, Gomis, Osborn
Bookings: Cox 34', Fox 73', Lascelles 85'
Derby: Grant; Wisdom, Keogh(c), Buxton, Forsyth, Thorne, Hendrick, Bryson (Hughes 86'), Bamford, Ward (Russell 39'), Martin (Sammon 82')
Subs not used: Legzdins, Naylor, Whitbread, Bailey
Scorers: Bryson 6', 32', 69'(pen), Hendrick 37', Russell 54'
Booking: Thorne 18'
Referee: Michael Naylor