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Match preview: Forest vs Derby

24 February 2019

It's the East Midlands derby as Nottingham Forest entertain Derby County under the lights at The City Ground on Monday evening.

The Reds will be looking to pick up all three points and make it three home wins on the spin against a Derby side who are challenging for a top six spot.

Martin O'Neill's men are unbeaten in three games while The Rams come into the game on the back of a disappointing defeat in midweek against Millwall.

Team news 

Following three impressive perfomances by The Reds, Martin O'Neill may be tempted to keep an unchanged side for the visit of Derby.

Michael Dawson, Michael Hefele, Tobias Figueiredo and Hillal Soudani remain sidelined.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Derby manager Frank Lampard is looking for a reaction from his side as they make the trip to The City Ground.

He said: "I thought it was a difficult game [against Milwall]. I've watched it back and with hindsight, Millwall came to make it difficult for us and we allowed that a bit.

"I'm more disappointed about our performance against Ipswich to be honest. I thought Millwall was difficult, we could have done more in the final third, our decision-making, that final pass or a pass crucial to breaking the line to get us up the pitch.

"A reaction would be good and what better game to not need any motivation than Nottingham Forest.

"We always talk and I am very open with the players. We have had a meeting already and this is by no means a crisis. This is a week where we have had below par performances, so it is important to address it but with the right context.

"We have spoken about the last three games. The players aren't stupid, they want to do well here and they know they weren't our best games and now it is in their hands to go out and play, not just Nottingham Forest, but all the games coming up. They are so important for us."

One to watch - Harry Wilson

Loanee Harry Wilson has been the main man for Derby this season, with the Welsh youngster hitting 12 goals so far in this campaign.

Head to head

Forest wins - 39
Derby wins - 38
Draws - 26

Tickets

Tickets for the match are sold out, with no further tickets being made available. 

Coverage

With the match being shown live on Sky Sports, there will be no live broadcast on iFollow Forest. However, audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham will be available.

There will also be coverage via the club's official social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other results

Birmingham 2-2 Blackburn
Brentford 5-1 Hull
Leeds 2-1 Bolton
Middlesbrough 2-0 QPR
Millwall 1-3 Preston
Norwich 3-2 Bristol City
Reading 1-1 Rotherham
Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Swansea
Stoke 1-1 Aston Villa
West Brom 0-1 Sheffield United
Wigan 1-1 Ipswich


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