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Forest Rewind in association with Football Index - The Masked Man downs The Rams

28 March 2020

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In association with Football Index, we take a look back at Nottingham Forest's clash with Derby County on 25th February 2019...

Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby County

(Benalouane 2')

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Milosevic, Benalouane, Robinson, Colback, Watson (Guedioura 71'), Yates, Osborn (Wague 90'), Lolley, Murphy (Bonatini 85')
Derby: Roos, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Cole, Huddlestone (Jozefzoon 46'), King (Johnson 53'), Holmes, Wilson (Bennett 71'), Waghorn, Marriott
Yohan Benalouane's close range finish was enough to claim all three points in a fiercely competitive East Midlands Derby at The City Ground back on 25th February 2019.

The masked man, struck home after just 74 seconds after The Rams failed to clear a Joe Lolley free-kick. The defender was quickest to react and slid in to put The Reds in front, a lead which they were able to hold onto and reclaim the Brian Clough Trophy.

Despite a good opportunity for Derby's Martyn Waghorn, Forest were comfortable in holding onto their lead. In fact Joe Lolley, Daryl Murphy and Ryan Yates all had opportunities to double their advantage, but it wasn't needed as The Reds' defensive display remained solid throughout.

The win stretched Martin O'Neill's side to four matches unbeaten, after a victory over Brentford and draws against West Brom and Preston away. This run and victory over their fierce rivals put them within three points of the play-offs at the end of February.


Post-match reaction

Forest manager Martin O'Neill said after the win:

"We got off to a fantastic start and it gives you a bit of momentum. Derby had a very good chance and then we spurned a decent chance to make it 2-0 but I am just delighted to win.

"There are things we can improve on. In terms of the atmosphere and the crowd, the players spurred on the fans and in the final 15 minutes the crowd spurred the players on. The crowd were terrific.

"Derby had good possession but we defended very strongly. We gave up ground for a period in the second half but that was because of Derby's good play. But overall I am delighted to win."


Derby manager Frank Lampard said:

"We played into Forest's hands. They are a good organised team, who like to sit back and counter-attack. Gifting them a goal after two minutes in a derby gives them the edge.

"It was the deciding factor of the game. It was a bad foul to give away and then we didn't deal with the ball into the box on two or three occasions.

"But we had 89 minutes to get back into it. We controlled lots of the game but our quality in the final third wasn't good enough and that one is on us."

Championship 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

Top of the charts 

On this day, American artist Ariana Grande was number one in the charts with her hit single 'Break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored', taken from her fifth studio album 'Thank U, Next'. 


UK box office

In the cinema's The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part was top of the UK box office, featuring the voices of Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks. The movie followed on from 2014's The Lego Movie and was the fourth film in the Lego film franchise.


On the box

Steve Coogan returned to the screens on BBC One as his popular inept broadcaster Alan Partridge, starring in the series 'This Time with Alan Partridge' which acted as a spoof for current affairs programmes such as The One Show and Good Morning Britain.

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