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11 March 2018 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Preview: Derby (H)

9 March 2018

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Nottingham Forest entertain East Midlands rivals Derby County at The City Ground on Sunday in one of the most eagerly-anticipated clashes in recent years.

The Reds come into the game five unbeaten, with a win against Birmingham City and a draw against Norwich City this week setting them up for the clash on Trentside.

Aitor Karanka's men have been improving in each game as will look to take things up a notch on Sunday afternoon.

Derby on the other hand have suffered a blip in form which has dented their promotion ambitions. A winless run of six games has seen them fall away from the automatic promotion picture as they seek to hang onto the place in the top six.

Gary Rowett has mounting injury problems to add to his worries, but The Rams will be hoping to return to form on the big stage.

See below for Aitor Karanka's pre-match views.

Team news

The Reds have no fresh injury worries heading into the game, with Eric Lichaj pushing for a recall having completed his suspension.

Lee Tomlin remains a doubt after the midfield man missed Tuesday night's game at Norwich.

Derby meanwhile have a host of concerns with several key players doubtful. Forwards David Nugent, Cameron Jerome and Matej Vydra all have injury concerns, as does midfielder Tom Huddlestone. 

Joe Ledley, George Thorne, Sam Winnall and Chris Baird will all be missing through injury or suspension.

From the opposition

Derby manager Gary Rowett knows that the East Midlands derby is a one-off game, with form and league position going out of the window.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: "The atmosphere at both grounds is fantastic. It kind of belies form, thankfully for us, and where you are in the league table, so maybe it's a good game for both teams.

"We all know what it means to the fans and the area, and we're looking forward to the match."

He added: "We've lost two games in 17, and yet we're disappointed with that. We're not in as good a form as we'd like to be and we have to turn it around.

"We've still got plenty to play for, regardless of how negative people are feeling about our recent form. A win in any game would give us a boost right now - and to do it in a derby would have extra significance."

One to watch - Matej Vydra

Derby's top scorer this season, Matej Vydra is set to be the one to keep an eye on at The City Ground on Sunday should he be fit.

There are question marks surrounding his fitness, with him only coming off the bench in the midweek draw against QPR, and Derby will be hoping the Czech international is fit for Sunday's showdown.

Last visit


Supporters are advised to book their seats as soon as possible as there is extremely limited availability in all areas. A ticket update can be found here, while full prices are available here.


Due to the game being shown on Sky Sports, there will be no live broadcast on iFollow Forest for international subscribers. However, audio commentary will be available.

There will also be full coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Burton v Bristol City
Cardiff v Birmingham
Hull v Norwich
Ipswich v Sheffield United
Middlesbrough v Barnsley
Millwall v Brentford
Preston v Fulham
QPR v Sunderland
Reading v Leeds
Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton
Aston Villa v Wolves (5.30pm)

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Match Reports

Forest 0-0 Derby

11 March 2018

Nottingham Forest and Derby County played out a goalless draw at The City Ground this afternoon to ensure that the East Midlands derby spoils were shared.

In a game of few chances, it was the defences which came out on top as both sides struggled to find a way through.

The Rams had Tom Huddlestone sent off with ten minutes to play for two yellow cards but ultimately it didn't matter as it ended in a stalemate.

There was one change to the side which drew against Norwich in midweek, with Lee Tomlin returning in place of Kieran Dowell.

There was a red-hot atmosphere at The City Ground and both sets of players were equally fired up. Some strong tackles were made early on as the battle for control took place, but there was little in the way of goalscoring opportunities early on.

Andi Weimann had an effort well blocked by Danny Fox in the Forest area on 12 minutes and Joe Lolley went on a surging run, travelling from inside his own half but Matty Cash couldn't quite control his through ball shortly afterwards.

Cash and Lolley linked up again on 22, this time Lolley whipping in a dangerous corner which Cash met at the near post. The midfielder flicked a header wide towards the far post but the ball drifted wide and too far in front of the arriving Tobias Figueiredo to get a touch on it.

As the first half wore on, the game settled but it was finely poised with neither side willing to give anything away. Tom Lawrence flashed a ball across the face of goal just after the half-hour mark and Tomlin let fly from 25 yards on the stroke of half-time but it flashed just wide of Scott Carson's right-hand post.

The best opportunity of the half arrived in the 45th minute as The Reds were indebted to the fine goalkeeping of Costel Pantilimon. The Romanian pulled off a fine save to deny Weimann as he got in behind Ben Osborn and then moments later Lawrence's effort was hacked off the line via a combination of Pantilimon and Tendayi Darikwa.

The Reds came out strongly at the start of the second half and had a great opportunity on 48 which Ben Brereton squandered. The teenager was played through down the right by Cash and as he ran into the penalty area, he opted to square for Cash instead of shooting at goal but his pass lacked precision and Carson was able to claim.

Brereton then rose highest in the area to meet Ben Osborn's left-wing cross but he could only head over the bar under pressure from Richard Keogh and Curtis Davies in a rare chance for Forest as Derby began to control the game.

Bradley Johnson's powerful free kick from 25 yards on 76 minutes looked destined for the net until a Forest body got in the way to block it and then The Rams were reduced to ten men to set up an interesting finale.

Huddlestone was shown two yellow cards in quick succession, both for cynical fouls on Tomlin midway inside the Derby half, to give Forest a one-man advantage heading into the closing stages.

But The Reds couldn't capitalise as the three minutes of added time came and went, meaning that both sides had to settle for a point.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Figueiredo, Fox, Osborn, Watson (c), Colback, Cash, Tomlin, Lolley (Dowell 77'), Brereton (Murphy 85')

Unused subs: Kapino, Mancienne, Bridcutt, Vellios, Worrall

Bookings: Colback 33', Watson 75', Figueiredo 79', Darikwa 90'

Derby: Carson, Wisdom, Keogh (c), Davies, Forsyth, Huddlestone, Anya (Palmer 66'), Johnson, Weimann, Lawrence (Hanson 84'), Nugent (Jerome 66')

Unused subs: Roos, Pearce, Thomas, Bogle

Bookings: Lawrence 28', Huddlestone 78', 81'

Sent off: Huddlestone 81'

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Attendance: 29,106 (1,995 away)

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