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25 February 2019 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match preview: Forest vs Derby

24 February 2019

It's the East Midlands derby as Nottingham Forest entertain Derby County under the lights at The City Ground on Monday evening.

The Reds will be looking to pick up all three points and make it three home wins on the spin against a Derby side who are challenging for a top six spot.

Martin O'Neill's men are unbeaten in three games while The Rams come into the game on the back of a disappointing defeat in midweek against Millwall.

Team news 

Following three impressive perfomances by The Reds, Martin O'Neill may be tempted to keep an unchanged side for the visit of Derby.

Michael Dawson, Michael Hefele, Tobias Figueiredo and Hillal Soudani remain sidelined.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Derby manager Frank Lampard is looking for a reaction from his side as they make the trip to The City Ground.

He said: "I thought it was a difficult game [against Milwall]. I've watched it back and with hindsight, Millwall came to make it difficult for us and we allowed that a bit.

"I'm more disappointed about our performance against Ipswich to be honest. I thought Millwall was difficult, we could have done more in the final third, our decision-making, that final pass or a pass crucial to breaking the line to get us up the pitch.

"A reaction would be good and what better game to not need any motivation than Nottingham Forest.

"We always talk and I am very open with the players. We have had a meeting already and this is by no means a crisis. This is a week where we have had below par performances, so it is important to address it but with the right context.

"We have spoken about the last three games. The players aren't stupid, they want to do well here and they know they weren't our best games and now it is in their hands to go out and play, not just Nottingham Forest, but all the games coming up. They are so important for us."

One to watch - Harry Wilson

Loanee Harry Wilson has been the main man for Derby this season, with the Welsh youngster hitting 12 goals so far in this campaign.

Head to head

Forest wins - 39
Derby wins - 38
Draws - 26


Tickets for the match are sold out, with no further tickets being made available. 


With the match being shown live on Sky Sports, there will be no live broadcast on iFollow Forest. However, audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available.

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

Other results

Birmingham 2-2 Blackburn
Brentford 5-1 Hull
Leeds 2-1 Bolton
Middlesbrough 2-0 QPR
Millwall 1-3 Preston
Norwich 3-2 Bristol City
Reading 1-1 Rotherham
Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Swansea
Stoke 1-1 Aston Villa
West Brom 0-1 Sheffield United
Wigan 1-1 Ipswich

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Match Reports

Forest 1-0 Derby

25 February 2019

Yohan Benalouane's second-minute strike saw Nottingham Forest take the East Midlands derby spoils as they defeated Derby County at The City Ground.

The centre back converted from a set piece to kickstart a passionate night on Trentside as Forest defeated their local rivals in front of a packed crowd to lift the Brian Clough trophy.

A solid defensive display coupled with a threat in attack saw The Reds overpower their neighbours as they made it four games unbeaten and climbed to within one point of The Rams in the table.

Martin O'Neill was forced into one change from the draw at Preston as Lewis Grabban dropped out through injury, with captain Ben Watson being recalled to the starting line-up.

There was a belting atmosphere inside The City Ground and there was an explosion of noise inside two minutes as Benalouane struck his first goal for the club to give The Reds an early lead.

Joe Lolley's deep free kick was kept alive in the area by Daryl Murphy, Derby failed to clear and the Tunisian centre back bundled home at the back post to send the Reds fans wild.

The visitors could and should have levelled on 14 minutes as Martyn Waghorn broke the offside trap and attempted a clever dink over the onrushing Costel Pantilimon, but the Derby forward got his angles wrong as his effort drifted past the target.

The Reds nearly made them pay for that missed opportunity two minutes later as they executed – not for the first time in the half – a plan to close down Derby deep in their own half. Lolley capitalised on a mistake by Fikayo Timori and played in Murphy, whose touch was too heavy allowing Kelle Roos to gather.

The passion was high in the stands and on the pitch too, with Ryan Yates in the thick of things for Forest as the game was not lacking in tackles and commitment. That desire was evident on 34 minutes as Yates flung himself to get on the end of Lolley's volley, only to see the ball deflect agonisingly wide of the post.

Frank Lampard made a change for The Rams at the interval, bringing on Florian Jozefzoon and the winger was straight into the action, stinging Pantilimon's palms with an effort on 49 minutes before Lolley was again involved in an opportunity for Forest.

The ball broke kindly on the edge of the box for the winger who bent a left-footed effort towards the far corner, past the despairing dive of Roos but also past the post.

As the second half wore on, Derby threw more men forward in search of the equaliser, but the Forest backline were mopping everything up with Alex Milosevic and Benalouane towering at the heart of the defence.

The Reds held out for a brilliant victory as they climbed to within three points of the play-off positions in the Championship.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Milosevic, Benalouane, Robinson, Watson (c) (Guedioura 71'), Colback, Yates, Osborn (Wague 90'), Lolley, Murphy (Bonatini 85')

Unused subs: Steele, Carvalho, Goncalves, Pele

Goal: Benalouane 2'

Bookings: Yates 29', Colback 82'

Derby: Roos, Bogle, Keogh (c), Tomori, Cole, Huddlestone (Jozefzoon 46'), King (Johnson 53'), Holmes, Wilson (Bennett 71'), Marriott, Waghorn

Unused subs: Carson, Wisdom, Nugent, Malone

Bookings: Wilson 26', Holmes 29', Tomori 90'

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 29,421 (1,990 away)

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Ticket News

East Midlands derby ticket information

25 February 2019

Nottingham Forest supporters are reminded that tickets for tonight’s game against Derby County at The City Ground are sold out.

Fans are advised to not travel to the stadium unless they have a match ticket and those who do have a ticket for the game should arrive as early as possible with a capacity crowd on Trentside. 

Supporters looking to upgrade their tickets ahead of kick-off should do so as early as possible to avoid queues.

All pre-booked or upgraded tickets can be collected from the main ticket office throughout the day or from 6pm at the collections office in the corner of the Brian Clough Stand and Trent End.

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