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An unforgettable moment

19 March 2017

Nottingham Forest forward Zach Clough said scoring in the East Midlands derby is a moment he will remember forever as The Reds snatched a draw against Derby County.

Clough fired Forest into a fifth-minute lead before Derby hit back through Matej Vydra and David Nugent, but Dani Pinillos’s injury-time header sealed a point and Clough said it was a special moment to break the deadlock.

He said: “It was a great feeling. I haven’t had many moments like that before. I can remember one time on my debut at Bolton but that is something special for me and my family and it is something I will remember for the rest of my life. 

“Dani Pinillos was looking for Britt and Britt made the run across the front. Luckily it came to me; I made the late run into the box, saw the keeper coming towards me and it was an easy finish really. 

“I think it is hard for defenders to pick up the late runners from midfield and that is what I like doing. I have scored a lot of goals doing that and that is something I see myself doing a lot.

“Walking out before the game I had goosebumps; the stadium was full more or less and the fans were great all the way through. It was a great experience.”

After a positive first half showing from The Reds, Derby came out in the second half strongly to turn the game on its head and Clough felt the players showed great fight to come back and secure a point.

He said: “We went out looking to do the same thing in the second half but credit to Derby, they came out and pressed us and made it more difficult for us to play. In the end we got the equaliser and took the point. 

“I think it was a penalty [for a foul on Ben Brereton], but after that it was a great ball from Ben Osborn and a great header. You could see the passion from the players and the fight was showing to stay in this division. It is important to stay out of the bottom three and get as many points as we can.”


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