Derby 3-0 ForestNottingham Forest fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of East Midlands rivals Derby County at the iPro Stadium this afternoon.
A first half Nicklas Bendtner own goal gave The Rams the lead, before second half strikes by Tom Ince and Will Hughes compounded a disappointing afternoon for The Reds.
Philippe Montanier initially named an unchanged line-up from the win over Newcastle last week, but captain Henri Lansbury picked up a knock during the warm-up which meant that Mustapha Carayol was drafted in from the bench.
It was a tense start to the game as both sides seemed reluctant to commit too many men forward. Forest had a couple of good breaks but could not create any clear-cut openings, while a Chris Baird cross nearly found Darren Bent for the hosts in a quiet opening half-hour.
The game lacked a lot of quality, with both sides misplacing passes and unable to string together any good passage of play, but Derby had a large slice of luck as they found the opening goal on 32.
A lucky deflection off Ben Osborn forced a corner and from Tom Ince's delivery, Nicklas Bendtner could do nothing as the ball evaded the players at the front post and cannoned off his head and into the far corner.
The Reds' first meaningful effort of the game came in first-half injury time as Osborn and Pajtim Kasami seemed to get in each others way. The ball fell kindly for Matty Cash who ran onto the ball and side-footed an effort at goal but Carson dived to his left to save.
Derby started the second half on the front foot, with Jacob Butterfield curling an effort just wide and Bendtner almost put through his own net for a second time as he diverted a cross onto the bar.
The Rams found the second goal that their pressure deserved as Tom Ince doubled the lead on 54. Baird played a through ball down the right for the Former Forest loanee, who skipped inside a couple of challenges and lifted the ball over Stojkovic.
The home side continued to press forward in search of a third goal and they found it ten minutes later as Will Hughes converted from close range to make it 3-0.
The midfielder was found in plenty of space on the edge of the box and was allowed the time to turn and play it into Russell's feet. He held the ball up and spun in the area before shooting, forcing Stojkovic to save well down low but Hughes was quickest to react and fire home.
The third goal killed the match as a contest and Derby looked more likely to extend their lead.
Ince nearly made it four on 75 as he fired just wide when well placed on the right channel, but the home side were able to see out the match to seal a 3-0 win in the East Midlands derby.
Forest: Stojkovic, Lichaj, Mancienne, Mills (c), Perquis, Cash (Vaughan 83'), Lam (Pereira 69'), Carayol (Vellios 60'), Kasami, Osborn, Bendtner
Unused subs: Henderson, Traore, Worrall
Yellow cards: Osborn 9', Perquis 10', Lam 50', Cash 65', Lichaj 90+1'
Derby: Carson, Baird, Keogh (c), Pearce, Olsson, Johnson, Hughes (Bryson 75'), Butterfield, Russell, Ince (Weimann 83'), Bent (Vydra 71')
Unused subs: Mitchell, Shackell, Camara, Hanson
Goals: Bendtner o.g. 32', Ince 54', Hughes 63'
Yellow cards: Johnson 9', Bent 10', Hughes 70'
Attendance: 32,600 (3,115 away)