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Classic matches: Forest v Derby

17 March 2017

Nottingham Forest have played out some classic East Midlands derby matches against Derby County at The City Ground - here are some of the best moments.

Friday 6 November 2015
Nottingham Forest 1 (Oliveira 5') Derby County 0

An early Nelson Oliveira strike was the difference between the two sides in the last encounter at The City Ground. The Portuguese striker's first shot was blocked but his second attempt flew into the bottom corner for his second goal for the club and to the delight of the home supporters. 


Saturday 28 September 2013
Nottingham Forest 1 (Hobbs 41') Derby County 0

Jack Hobbs' powerful header was the crucial goal as The Reds beat Derby 1-0 in the 2013/14 season. The centre back met Andy Reid's corner at the near post to send the Trent End into raptures just before half time. Derby captain Richard Keogh was also sent off for picking up two yellow cards, and Darius Henderson had a penalty saved late on, but Forest held out for the victory.

Wednesday 29 December 2010
Nottingham Forest 5 (Chambers 2', Tudgay 24', 45', Earnshaw 53', 90') Derby County 2 (Moore 14', Commons 55')

Nottingham Forest hit five against Derby under the lights at The City Ground. Luke Chambers powered home a header inside the opening two minutes to give The Reds the lead, but Luke Moore hit back to level the contest. Marcus Tudgay then hit a brace before half time to give Forest a 3-1 lead. Robert Earnshaw added a fourth on 53 minutes and former Red Kris Commons pulled one back two minutes later, but Earnshaw sealed a memorable night on Trentside with his second and Forest's fifth in injury time.

Saturday 29 August 2009 
Nottingham Forest 3 (Majewski 1', Blackstock 28', Tyson 43') Derby County 2 (Morgan og 51', Livermore 62')

Nottingham Forest survived a Derby comeback to beat their rivals 3-2 in the 2009/10 season. Radoslaw Majewski gave The Reds the dream start as he hit a screamer inside the opening minute to put Forest 1-0 up. It was two just before the half-hour as Dexter Blackstock bundled home Chris Cohen's dangerous free kick, and Nathan Tyson made it 3-0 on the stroke of half time as he finished off Blackstock's through-ball. Derby, who had a goal disallowed in the first half, came out strongly in the second half and pulled one back via Wes Morgan's own goal and reduced the deficit further through Jake Livermore's deflected effort, but The Reds held on to claim the three points. 

Wednesday 19 March 2003
Nottingham Forest 3 (Harewood 13', pen 49', Huckerby 15') Derby County 0

Nottingham Forest secured a vital three points over Derby County at The City Ground as they kept their play-off hopes alive in the 2002-03 season. Marlon Harewood fired The Reds into a 13th minute lead when he nodded home Andy Reid’s cross from the left, and Darren Huckerby doubled the advantage two minutes later, reacting quickest to David Johnson’s header crashing off the crossbar to fire home. Derby’s defence was breached for the third time just after the break via the penalty spot. Steve Elliott handled Jim Brennan’s through ball in the area and Harewood stepped up to score his second and Forest's third goal which cemented their place in the First Division's top six. 

Monday 16 November 1998
Nottingham Forest 2 (Freedman 57', van Hooijdonk 62') Derby County 2 (Dorigo pen 56', Carbonari 72')

Nottingham Forest and Derby played out a 2-2 draw in the last time the two sides met in the top flight. Tony Dorigo put The Rams ahead from the penalty spot on 56 minutes after Dean Sturridge was fouled, but The Reds replied instantly through Dougie Freedman as he responded quickly to fire home after his initial shot was saved. Pierre van Hooijdonk's header at the near post from a corner restored the lead before Horacio Carbonari levelled the contest with a neat finish from close range.

Wednesday 30 August 1989
Nottingham Forest 2 (Crosby, Pearce) Derby County 1 (Hodge og)

Nottingham Forest fought back from one goal down to beat Derby County 2-1 at The City Ground. An unfortunate own goal from Steve Hodge gave The Rams the lead but Forest hit back in the second half as Gary Crosby equalised. The talismanic figure of Stuart Pearce drove The Reds forward and it was the left back who scored the winner to seal a win in the 1989/90 season.

Saturday 27 August 1977
Nottingham Forest 3 (Withe 2, Robertson) Derby County 0

A brace from Peter Withe helped Nottingham Forest to a 3-0 win in the East Midlands derby against Derby County. Withe smashed an effort into the top corner to give Forest the lead on 31 minutes after Tony Woodcock's corner was cleared and the striker doubled the lead after the break following good play by Woodcock and John Robertson. Robertson sealed the win on 78 minutes as he finished off Martin O'Neill's low cross with a shot into the bottom corner. 

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