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27 August 2019 Venue The City Ground Attendance

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Match preview: Forest vs Derby

26 August 2019

Nottingham Forest and Derby County meet at The City Ground as there is more than just a place in the third round of the Carabao Cup at stake (kick-off 7.45pm).

The City Ground is set for the latest instalment of the East Midlands derby as the two rivals go head-to-head once again, but only for the second time in the League Cup.

It will be the first taste of the derby for both Sabri Lamouchi and Phillip Cocu, as The Reds look to continue their good form at the start of the season with cup progress.

Tale of the tape

Nottingham Forest

  • Forest go into the game unbeaten in five in all competitions, winning three and drawing two
  • The Reds are unbeaten in their last six encounters with Derby at The City Ground, winning 1-0 last season

Derby County

  • Derby haven't won any of their last three games, drawing 1-1 with West Brom on Saturday
  • There has been just three goals between the two teams in the last four meetings
Ticket News

Tickets: Preston North End (H)

31 August 2019

Team news

Sabri Lamouchi has said there will be changes to the Forest side that won at Fulham on the weekend.

With this being Forest's seventh game so far this month, there will be changes but not wholesale ones as The Reds look for cup progress against their rivals.

Chema Rodriguez has been pressing to be involved for the first time since his switch, while there could be further action for Yuri Ribeiro. Joao Carvalho is getting nearer to being involved since his return to training from injury and could be involved in the 18-man squad.

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Derby wins
League  37 24 33
FA Cup 2 2 4
League Cup 1 0 0
Total 40 26 37

Last time out

From the opposition

Derby County manager Phillip Cocu is looking forward to his first taste of the East Midlands derby.


He said: "They told me on the first day I came in about the rivalry, so I am looking forward to it.

"It is really good to play against Forest and I believe it will be a great cup game. We have to make sure we win the game to go home.

"As players you should look forward to them too. To play in intense games and the fans are more intense than usual, is one of the reasons you play football to enjoy that.

"No hesitation, no doubts, just enjoy and play a good game. There is always an important balance to keep in mind in any game to stay on with 11 players.

"You have to show the right aggressiveness but don’t cross the line because if you go down with one player it will be extremely difficult to win. It is something for the players to think about."


John Brooks will be the referee for tomorrow night's game, taking charge of his fifth game of the season.

He was in the middle for three Forest games last season, the 2-0 victory away to Middlesbrough, the 3-2 defeat in the Carabao Cup against Burton and the 3-3 draw at Norwich.


Hospitality: Derby County (H)

26 August 2019

Ticket news

A limited number of tickets are still available for this second-round tie at The City Ground.

Season card holders are reminded that if they have secured their usual season card seat for this fixture, their ticket will be uploaded to their season card and they will not receive a paper ticket.

Full information can be found here.


Due to broadcasting restrictions, there will be no live stream of the match on iFollow Forest. Audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available, however.

You can also follow the action via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other ties

Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm)

Bristol Rovers vs Brighton
Burton vs Morecambe
Cardiff vs Luton
Crawley vs Norwich
Crewe vs Aston Villa
Crystal Palace vs Colchester
Fulham vs Southampton
Grimsby vs Macclesfield
Leeds vs Stoke
Newport vs West Ham
Oxford vs Millwall
Plymouth vs Reading
Preston vs Hull
Rochdale vs Carlisle
Sheffield United vs Blackburn
Southend vs MK Dons
Watford vs Coventry

Wednesday (kick-off 7.45pm)

Bournemouth vs Forest Green
Burnley vs Sunderland
Lincoln vs Everton
Newcastle vs Leicester
QPR vs Portsmouth
Rotherham vs Sheffield Wednesday
Swansea vs Cambridge

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Match Reports

Forest 3-0 Derby

27 August 2019

A much-changed Nottingham Forest side produced a terrific performance to dismantle Derby County 3-0 at The City Ground to secure their place in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Goals from Albert Adomah, Joe Lolley and Joao Carvalho on his return from injury helped Forest progress in the competition and seal a second consecutive victory over The Rams in the East Midlands derby.

Sabri Lamouchi made eight changes to the Forest side that beat Fulham on Saturday as he handed a first start to 18-year-old Brennan Johnson, while Carvalho was named on the bench for the first time this season.

It was a cagey opening at The City Ground as neither side really created any clear-cut chances in the first 15 minutes, with Rafa Mir coming the closest - his 20-yard effort whistled well wide of target.

Forest then conjured up two great opportunities to take the lead. Firstly, Matty Cash's delivery was headed down into the path of Mir but his firmly-hit volley flew over the bar. Moments later, Johnson pulled the ball back for Mir who’s side-footed effort stung the palms of Derby keeper Ben Hamer.

The Reds continued to press for an opener and took the lead in the 25th minute. Lolley’s in-swinging corner was tapped home from close range by Adomah for his second goal in three games after netting in Forest’s draw at Charlton.

Ten minutes later and The Reds had doubled their advantage with a fine header from Lolley. Adomah turned provider as he crossed for Lolley to head into the bottom corner past Hamer who stood no chance.

Forest sat back and allowed Derby to dominate possession as former Red Jamie Paterson created an opportunity for Lee Buchanan but he blazed way over Brice Samba's crossbar as Forest took their lead in to the break.

The Reds started the second half brightly and could have added a third when Cash's effort was just deflected wide. From the resulting corner, Mir met Lolley's floated delivery but his header was caught by Hamer.

As the half wore on, Derby started to gain a foothold on proceedings without really creating any opportunities. Substitute Jack Marriott had a chance in the 70th minute as his snap-shot was superbly blocked by Joe Worrall, who was fantastic all evening.

However, it was The Reds who scored a third and in fortuitous fashion. In the 79th minute, Curtis Davies' clearance cannoned off Carvalho and past Hamer in a flash to send the packed Trentside crowd wild.

Forest controlled the final few minutes and saw the game out as they sealed another impressive home victory to make it six games unbeaten in all competitions and ensure that they retain the Brian Clough Trophy. 

Forest: Samba, Ribeiro, Figueireda, Worrall (c) (Rodriguez 83’), Cash, Bostock, Mir, Semedo, Lolley (Silva 68’), Adomah, Johnson (Carvalho 57’)

Unused subs: Muric, Grabban, Jenkinson, Ameobi

Goals: Adomah 25’, Lolley 35’, Carvalho 79’

Derby: Hamer, Shinnie (Bird 83’), Paterson, Clarke, Evans, Bennett, Holmes, Davies (c), Sibley (Marriott 58’), Buchanan, Whittaker (Mitchell-Lawson 70’)

Unused subs: Roos, Keogh, Lawrence, Knight

Bookings: Buchanan 28’, Paterson 49’, Shinnie 79'

Referee: John Brooks

Attendance: 26,971 (3,331 away)

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Ticket News

Important Derby ticket information

27 August 2019

The City Ground plays host to a massive East Midlands derby as Nottingham Forest and Derby County lock horns in the Carabao Cup second round tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).

Tickets are still available to supporters who have a previous booking history with Nottingham Forest, priced at just £25 for adults, £15 for concessions and £5 for 4-11 year-olds.

Demand for ticket remains high and supporters are urged to visit to purchase their tickets. 

Our Print-at-Home service, available only to supporters buying their tickets online, means that you can get your hands on your tickets immediately rather than queuing to collect them. 

Supporters who choose the Print-at-Home option must open the PDF attachment which accompanies your purchase confirmation email, as this contains your match ticket which must be printed off for use at the turnstiles. Print-at-Home tickets on mobile phones will not work, so do not try this at the turnstiles.

Alternatively, you can still visit the ticket office to purchase and collect your tickets in person, although you are advised to do so ahead of match night to beat the queues.

Season card holders are reminded that, if they have secured their usual season card seat for this fixture, their ticket will be uploaded to their season card and they will not receive a paper ticket.

Supporters whose tickets have not yet arrived due to the Bank Holiday post are advised contact the ticket office on 0115 982 4388 to request a duplicate ticket. This will reduce any delays you might otherwise face.

Alternatively, you can visit the ticket office at any point throughout the day to collect tickets. We would ask that you do this as early as possible ahead of this evening. 

The main ticket office is open from 9am this morning and will remain open for all supporters planning to collect tickets until 5.30pm.

From 6pm all ticket collections will be relocated to the Collections Office which is situated at the corner of the Brian Clough Stand and Trent End

If you find that your ticket does not work in the turnstiles, please locate the nearest member of our Here-To-Help squad, who will be on-hand to assist you in getting into the stadium as smoothly as possible. Members of the Here-To-Help squad are easy to spot in their fluorescent pink high-visibility jackets.

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