Matt Derbyshire hopes his dramatic winner against Leeds United went some way towards repaying the faith shown in him by Nottingham Forest’s manager and supporters.The forward was a second-half substitute in Sunday’s clash and, a minute after Ross McCormack had pulled the scores level, Derbyshire’s spectacular effort earned The Reds the victory their performance warranted.
But for Derbyshire the strike’s significance extends beyond helping The Reds go four points clear of 6th place in the Sky Bet Championship.
He told Forest Player: “I feel like I haven’t done enough in my time so far at the club, so whenever I play at The City Ground I feel I have a point to prove. I strive to do better to repay the faith both the fans and the manager have shown in me.
“Before I came on the gaffer told me to use my energy, get us up the pitch and chase lost causes down. Thankfully I managed to get a goal at the end to grab the three points.”
Forest dominated their West Yorkshire opponents throughout the afternoon, particularly before the break as an impressive performance was capped by Greg Halford’s second goal in as many matches.
Derbyshire said: “The football was free-flowing, we kept the ball, the boys looked confident and it was a pleasure to watch.
“It was frustrating to concede, especially in the way we did, and we would have been very disappointed if we didn’t get the win.”
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