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Match preview: Derby vs Forest in association with Football Index

3 July 2020

Check out all you need to know ahead of the East Midlands derby between Nottingham Forest and Derby County in the match preview, in association with Football Index.

Nottingham Forest and Derby County go head-to-head once again as they meet at Pride Park in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm).

The Reds have won the two previous meetings this season, 3-0 in the Carabao Cup and 1-0 in the league, at The City Ground and will be seeking to complete the league double over their rivals.

A victory would also go some way to cementing a top-six finish, damaging the hopes of an in-form Derby side who have play-off aspirations of their own.

Team news

Nottingham Forest have no injury concerns ahead of the trip to Pride Park. Check out the latest team news for both sides here

Forest thoughts

Head to head

  Forest wins Draws Derby wins
League 38 24 33
League Cup 2 0 0
FA Cup 2 2 4
Total 42 26 37

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From the opposition

Phillip Cocu says his side are in confident mood heading into the East Midlands derby at Pride Park.

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He said: “We have six very important games to play and I think we have overcome some difficult situations and issues this season.

“We are still fighting for a play-off spot at the end of the season and we are in a good place right now. I cannot be unhappy at this stage.

“I think we are heading in the right direction, but there is still room for development and improvement as individuals and a team.”

He added: "I think we did quite well in the games against them, but many teams have had the same feeling when playing Forest.

“I think that is one of their greatest strengths; you feel like you are doing well against them but at any moment they can score a goal.

“They have good organisation and defence and when they go ahead, they are difficult to beat.

“I think we played some good football in those games earlier in the season, but we didn’t get the results. That is something that we have to change on Saturday.”

Derby's last five

L - Derby 0-3 Manchester United (05/03/20)
W - Derby 3-0 Blackburn (08/03/20)
W - Millwall 2-3 Derby (20/06/20)
W - Derby 2-1 Reading (27/06/20)
W - Preston 0-1 Derby (01/07/20)

Club News

Stay home and tune in as the journey continues

14 July 2020

Coverage

Saturday's match will be live on Sky Sports but Nottingham Forest season card holders who have a code can also watch the clash with Derby live on iFollow Forest.

Season card holders who have selected option 1 from the refund options will be able to watch all The Reds' remaining games free of charge on iFollow Forest. For more information, please click here.

For only £2.50, you can purchase a match pass to listen to the action live with commentary from BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Fray.

To purchase a match pass, simply visit nottinghamforest.co.uk/ifollow/subscribe, scroll down to the match passes section and click ‘Purchase Now’ next to the Derby fixture.

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

Referee

Darren England will take charge of his 30th match of the season when he officiates Derby vs Forest on Saturday.

He has overseen four Forest games so far this season, including the reverse fixture at The City Ground which Forest won 1-0. He has also refereed the opening day clash with West Brom, the Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal and the 2-2 draw away to Middlesbrough.

England has shown 77 yellow cards and one red card so far this season.

Other fixtures

To be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Charlton vs Millwall (Friday, 8.15pm)
Blackburn vs Leeds
Brentford vs Wigan
Bristol City vs Cardiff
Fulham vs Birmingham
Huddersfield vs Preston
Luton vs Reading
Stoke vs Barnsley
Swansea vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm)
Middlesbrough vs QPR (Sunday, 2pm)
West Brom vs Hull (Sunday, 3pm)

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Match Reports

Derby 1-1 Forest

4 July 2020

Nottingham Forest's injury-time woes continued as 10-man Derby County scored in the final minute of stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw at Pride Park.

Lolley's first-half strike looked set to have given Forest all three points on derby day but all the drama was to come in stoppage time. Martyn Waghorn was sent off in the fourth minute before Chris Martin smuggled the ball into the net two minutes later to earn The Rams a share of the spoils.

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Sabri Lamouchi made two changes from the 1-0 win over Bristol City on Wednesday night as Samba Sow and Nuno Da Costa came into the starting line-up in place of Tiago Silva and Sammy Ameobi. Da Costa made his first start for The Reds since his January move from RC Strasbourg.

The early stages resembled a chess game as both sides felt each other out but Forest grabbed the lead on 12 minutes. Derby were slow to close Lolley down 25 yards from their own goal and he cut inside onto his left foot and shot through a crowd of players into the corner of Ben Hamer's net.

Lolley and Matty Cash linked up for the first time soon after and the latter delivered a devilish ball across the face of the Derby goal but the on-rushing Da Costa and Lewis Grabban were unable to get on the end of the cross to turn it into the net.

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Derby were starting to see more of the ball as the first half progressed and a mistake from Brice Samba almost led to an equaliser. Craig Forsyth whipped a cross in from the left which Samba spilled inside his own six-yard box but fortunately, Joe Worrall was there to clear the danger with Chris Martin lurking.

The Rams were pushing to find a leveller just before half-time and Forest had to be alert to keep them out. Max Bird turned smartly inside the Forest penaty area but Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo got their bodies in the way to take pace off the strike and the ball rolled gently through to Samba.

The opening stages of the second half were tepid as both sides struggle to create any real momentum. Derby had the first opportunity on 63 minutes but Jayden Bogle hammered a shot wide of the target from the edge of the penalty area as Forest rushed out to close him down.

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That chance for the home side seemed to wake The Reds up and Forest came close to doubling their advantage soon after. Ben Hamer was forced to get down low on two seperate occasions to push behind powerful efforts from Ben Watson and then from Lolley.

Forest seemed content to try and soak up the pressure and hit Derby on the counter-attack and it almost worked to perfection on 72 minutes. Ameobi's cushioned ball into the penalty area was perfect for Grabban's run but the striker fired his effort high and wide of Hamer's goal.

Silva had been introduced onto the pitch as part of a double substitution alongside Ameobi and he came inches away from finding Forest's second goal. The Portuguese picked the ball up on the edge of the Derby penalty area but curled his shot against the base of the post before Grabban sent the rebound effort over the crossbar.

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Despite almost sealing the game at one end, Forest still had to be awake at the other. The ball broke kindly for Martin inside The Reds' penalty area but his shot on the turn was well held down low by Samba.

Forest, and Grabban in particular, were passing up chances to make the points safe. Cash pulled the ball back superbly for Grabban who was waiting on the penalty spot but with time and space on his side, he blazed his shot over the crossbar and into the North Stand of Pride Park.

In the fourth of six minutes of stoppage time, Derby striker Waghorn was shown a straight red card for a poor challenge on Yates as he went over the top of the ball and raked his studs down the midfielder's legs.

The drama wasn't over though as in the 97th minute, a cheap free kick allowed Derby the chance to get it into the box. The ball wasn't claimed by Samba, allowing Derby to head it back across goal where Martin was on hand to scramble it just over the line, with goal-line technology confirming the equaliser. 

Forest: Samba; Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson (c), Yates, Sow (Silva 59'); Lolley (Diakhaby 76'), Grabban (Mighten 90'), Da Costa (Ameobi 59')

Subs not used: Smith, Carvalho, Jenkinson, Semedo, Dawson

Goal: Lolley 12'

Bookings: Ameobi 90', Ribeiro 90', Worrall 90'

Derby: Hamer; Bogle, Evans, Clarke, Forsyth (Lowe 81'); Bird (Whittaker 89'), Rooney (c); Holmes (Jozefzoon 66'), Sibley (Shinnie 81'), Knight (Waghorn 66'); Martin

Subs not used: Roos, Davies, Malone, Brown

Goal: Martin 90'

Booking: Sibley 80'

Sent off: Waghorn 90'

Referee: Darren England

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