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Grabban's day of delight

10 November 2019

Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban was thrilled to be the match-winner as his second-half strike secured The Reds’ third successive win over East Midlands rivals Derby County.

The 31-year-old latched onto a misplaced pass to notch the only goal of the game and says he was happy to give the fans an afternoon to remember.

Speaking after the game, he said: “The main thing was that we got the win. It was good for the fans, so I’m very happy. Their support gives us that little bit of a boost.

“I thought we were patient and when we did get a clear chance we put it away. We knew before the game that they might have most of the ball so really you just have to wait and then be ready when you do get a chance - that’s what we tried to do today.”

In scoring, Grabban upped his tally for the season to seven, meaning he has now scored 80 times in the EFL since the start of the 2013-14 campaign, four more than any other player.

On the goal itself, he said: “I had a little glance at where the keeper was and it looked like he hadn’t covered the near post so I just tried to aim for that and fortunately it went in.

“Before the game we would’ve taken a one nil. We were able to hold on [after taking the lead] and I think we defended well in the end. It always is a bit nerve-wracking when they [Derby] are up the other end but the boys did well.

“We’ve turned the tables a bit after some years of Derby being on top - it’s nice to be winning.”

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