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Forest v Derby

18 March 2017

Forest 2-2 Derby

A last-gasp Dani Pinillos header sealed a valuable point for Nottingham Forest as there was a share of the spoils in the East Midlands derby against Derby County.

The full back scored deep into injury time to level the contest after Derby had come from behind to lead 2-1 through goals by Matej Vydra and David Nugent. Zach Clough had fired Forest into a first-half lead but both sides had to settle for a point.

Mark Warburton, in his first match as Forest manager, made three changes from the defeat against Burton last week as Pinillos, Chris Cohen and Britt Assombalonga all came into the side for Armand Traore, Eric Lichaj and Ross McCormack. 

Forest started the match on the front foot and applied plenty of pressure on the Derby goal and that pressure told on five minutes as Clough fired The Reds into the lead. Pinillos hit a perfect delivery into the area for the Clough to arrive, completely unmarked, and prod past Scott Carson.

Ben Osborn fired over from the edge of the box on eight minutes, and did the same again on 17 as the home side looked to take advantage of their dominance. Assombalonga nearly did just that on 18 as he got to the byline and his dinked cross clipped off the top of the crossbar.

Forest were intent on playing out from the back and this nearly cost them a couple of times on the half hour as the visitors started to come into the game. Tom Ince had a couple of attempts after Derby won the ball high up the pitch, firstly shooting over on 27 then forcing Jordan Smith into a save on 30, and the former Forest loanee had the final effort of the first half, shooting over from 25 yards.

All of the good work done by The Reds in the first half was undone within the opening eight minutes of the second period as Derby turned the game on its head. Vydra pulled The Rams level as he turned home Johnny Russell's cross on 48 minutes. 

Five minutes later and Derby were in front. A drilled cross from the right by Ince was met with a flicked header goalwards by Nugent and his effort beat Smith and went in off the inside of the post. 

The two goals had knocked a lot of the stuffing out of The Reds and it was nearly three for the visitors as Ince's curled free kick from 20 yards sailed over the wall and flicked the top of the crossbar on the way over.

Smith was called upon to make a stunning save from Alex Pearce on 64 minutes as the Derby centre back met a corner with a powerful header, only to see the Forest stopper get down low to his left and claw it away. 

The introduction of McCormack and Matty Cash added fresh impetus to the Forest attack and they started to apply pressure on the Derby goal. McCormack had a volley block after a flighted through-ball by David Vaughan, and the striker shot over after Cash snapped into a tackle on 72. 

Forest again had Jordan Smith to thank on 75 as he pulled off another fine save, again down to his left, as he tipped Jacob Butterfield's effort around the post after it skipped through a crowd of players and arrowed towards the bottom corner. 

Apostolos Vellios was introduced for the final ten minutes and he almost found the leveller as the game headed into four minutes of added time. The Greek striker turned on the edge of the box and hit a ferocious left-footed strike which beat Carson and cannoned off the inside of the post and away.

It seemed like Forest's luck was out but, after claims for a penalty for a challenge on Ben Brereton were waved away, the equaliser arrived through an unlikely source.

Forest pushed everyone forward for a corner in the final seconds which Ben Osborn chipped into the area. Pinillos rose highest, unmarked, to power a header into the top corner and spark wild scenes of celebration in front of the Trent End which ensured a share of the spoils on derby day.

Forest: J. Smith, Mancienne, Worrall, Fox, Pinillos, Clough (McCormack 63'), Cohen (c) (Cash 71'), Vaughan, Osborn, Assombalonga (Vellios 79'), Brereton 

Unused subs: Evtimov, Pereira, Kasami, Lam

Goals: Clough 5', Pinillos 90'

Booking: Fox 80'

Derby: Carson, Baird, Keogh (c), Pearce, Olsson, Ince, Bryson, Johnson, Russell, Vydra (Butterfield 73'), Nugent (Bennett 83')

Unused subs: Mitchell, Christie, Anya, Hughes, Camara

Goals: Vydra 48', Nugent 53'

Attendance: 26,665 (1,951 away)

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