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FOREST 1-0 DERBY

Nottingham Forest made it 3 consecutive east-midlands derby wins for the first time since 1990, by beating the Rams 1-0 at the City Ground. The win also means it is 8 consecutive visits and 7 years since Derby’s last win in Nottingham and keeps Forest in the Top 6 whilst Derby stay in the bottom half of the league table.

The goal came following a mistake by Derby right back Jaden Bogle, when a loose pass across his defensive line went straight to Grabban who smartly finished first time into the bottom corner. Grabban spoke about the goal:

“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.” He added: “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.”

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.

The match started evenly amid a raucous atmosphere at The City Ground and it was Forest keeper Brice Samba who was the first keeper called into action, doing well to keep out Tom Lawrence’s shot from inside the penalty area following a good run by Bogle. Lawrence was unsurprisingly constantly jeered by the home faithful following the drink driving scandal, however, he was probably Derby’s main threat and handled the reception well. That was until a second-half challenge on Yuri Ribeiro which he saw yellow.

It was extremely competitive, with both sides fighting for the ball and putting in committed challenges. Bogle and Ben Watson were both shown yellow cards for fouls on halfway, whilst Ryan Yates was somewhat fortunate not to be added to the list of booking’s following a challenge on Clarke, who had to be replaced.

Forest were effective in pressing the Derby backline and won the ball high up the pitch a few times, possibly leading to the goal. Forest’s best efforts in the first half both came from winger Sammy Ameobi who shot twice from the left-hand corner of the penalty area to force Derby Keeper Roos into decent saves.

The second half started with The Reds firmly in the ascendancy, applying plenty of pressure on the Derby goal. Several crosses were fizzed into the area, with only glancing headers from a Derby defender keeping the ball away from danger. It was just before the hour-mark when Derby were their own worst enemy in making the costly mistake which gave Forest the lead.

Forest sensed they could put the game beyond doubt as Derby were on the ropes following the mistake, but couldn’t find the second goal. Derby came back into the game towards the end and the closest they came to an equaliser was when Jack Marriott had a sniff of goal, but The Reds defended resolutely to hold onto their one-goal lead and claim a brilliant victory against their arch-rivals.

Man of the match

Tiago Silva – The Portuguese midfielder put in an outstanding performance, he had great energy, tenacity and put in some great tackles. Along with that, he showed his skill with some lovely touches to beat opposition players. When Silva was signed from Benfica in the summer many forest fans assumer he would an alternative to fellow Portuguese playmaker João Carvalho, however, he has shown he is a more all-round midfielder than João.

Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi was delighted to claim victory in his second East Midlands derby of the season. Lamouchi was satisfied with his side’s second-half display which he believed was a marked improvement on the first 45 minutes. Speaking after the game, he said:

“It was a difficult, emotional game and maybe that is why we found it difficult in the first half. The second half was much better and fortunately, they made a mistake at the back and Grabbs produced another fantastic finish like the killer that he is. It was important for us to be compact, patient and focused and in the end, I think we deserved the victory because in the second half we went out for the three points. After the goal, I put more attacking players on the field to try and get that second goal but it wasn’t meant to be. It has been a good day, the perfect way to spend my birthday, and I am happy that our supporters could enjoy it too. When we play with this sort of attitude and character then we can always win games like this. We know we can still play better and control the ball better but it is important that we take three points when we don’t play at our best. It is a fantastic result and I’m happy because we’ve made our fans proud of the players. Now we can go into the international break with a positive mentality before we come back to play Bristol City.”

Nottingham Forest v Derby County Preview

It doesn’t get any bigger than this for Nottingham Forest and Derby, in particular, the Fans, they look forward to it from the moment the fixtures are announced in pre-season.

No other match brings the anticipation, excitement, and nerves that this one does. A win will last long in the memory whilst a defeat will haunt you, it’s quite simply the biggest match of the season.

The sides have already met at the City Ground this season, just over 2 months ago Forest ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

How ever satisfying that night was, this will mean so much more as that night was almost 2 second-string sides.

TEAM NEWS

Forest will more than likely still be without key trio Michael Dawson, Samba Sow and Alfa Semedo. The trio’s absence played a massive role in the recent defeats to Wigan and Hull City, Dawson was said to back in training this week, however a place in the team remains unlikely.

The return of Ryan Yates in midfield helped fill the void left by Sow and Semedo in last weekend’s win over Luton.

I would largely stick with that line up with only Jack Robinson coming in to provide extra defensive nous at left back for Yuri Ribeiro.

Tom Lawrence, who has endured a challenging couple of months after being convicted of drink-driving, netted two goals in Saturday’s Pride Park win over Middlesbrough, a fourth straight home success. He is a key man for Derby, but in my opinion he shouldn’t be available for selection following the drink-driving incident, which also involved teammate Mason Bennett and saw Captain Richard Keogh injured for the season and subsequently suspended by the club.

The Professional Footballers’ Association has said it will “robustly defend” Richard Keogh after his dismissal, the BBC has reported.

Lawrence and Bennett were both fined six weeks’ wages by the Rams and pleaded guilty to drink driving. “We will robustly defend our member because we feel he has been unfairly treated,” said a PFA spokesman.

Keogh, 33, suffered a knee injury in the crash on 24 September and will be out for around 15 months. His contract was due to expire in 2021.

It is understood Derby offered Keogh a revised deal on reduced wages. The player will appeal against Derby’s decision and the PFA have told him they will back him in that and any subsequent challenge to his dismissal because they do not view the treatment of Keogh as being in line with the action taken against Lawrence and Bennett.

In announcing Keogh’s dismissal, Derby said they would not comment further until the outcome of any appeal was known.

In any other professionalism if you are convicted of a serious crime your job would be at risk. The fact that Lawrence is a professional footballer, who is in the public eye and gets to play is sending out the wrong message.

Lawrence is set for unpleasant reception on Saturday but says Derby will be ready for the cauldron atmosphere awaiting them at – and is plotting to silence a sold-out City Ground.

“We all know how big this game is coming on Saturday so we will be ready for it.

“Yes, as expected,” the 25-year-old then said when asked about the vibrant Trentside atmosphere, saying his teammates know what’s needed to record a rare win in Nottingham.

The Rams are looking to claim a first win on Trentside since September 2012, and in the process dent Forest’s promotion hopes.

Form Guide

Forest got back to winning ways last weekend with a 2-1 success away at Luton, this was a vital victory following 2 successive defeats at Wigan and Home to Hull City as the last thing Forest would have wanted would have been to go into the Derby game on the back of three successive defeats.

Although, Forest defender Joe Worrall says, “On track? We were never off it” previous to these defeats Forest hadn’t lost in the league since the opening day of the season and they sit 5th in the table (with a game in hand due to the match against reading being postponed) and have an opportunity to close the gap on league leaders, West Bromwich Albion who are five points in front.

Derby are 10 places below, but only four points behind Forest.

Their home form has kept them in touch with the top six, however, on the road, things have been marked different for the Rams who haven’t tasted victory since the opening night at Huddersfield.

It is sure to be a heated encounter, as ever. A strong referee that won’t fall for any nonsense will be required, there will be some strong challenges and players trying to deceive the referee and it is vital he doesn’t lose control.

He can’t produce unnecessary cards or let players get away with anything early on.

Darren England will be the man in the middle for the match, he has officiated two Forest matches already this season, with the Reds suffering defeats on both occasions.

The pre-match build-up will be added to as Forest will pay tribute to all those who lost their lives in conflict ahead of the match at the City Ground.

Before kick-off, there will be a performance of the Last Post from the Military band, while both sets of players will be sporting the poppy on the front of their shirts for the game itself.

Nottingham Forest v Reading Postponed

My Initial reaction as a fan to Saturday’s match being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch was one of annoyance.

Forest are in need of a win to put the disappointment of 2 successive defeats behind them and move back into the top 6.

On reflection, the safety of the players is of paramount importance and cannot be risked and as the pictures below show, the correct decision was made. The rearranged fixture has yet to be arranged.

One thing that Forest did to make the most of a bad situation was to donate 3,000 food parcels to the homeless. Instead of letting the pies, pasties and sandwiches go to waste; the club decided to give it to Framework; a homeless charity based in Nottingham, this is the second time it has happened.

Fans praised the move, with one saying, “I love what this club has become – it’s every bit as important as what happens on the pitch as far as I’m concerned.”
Another added: “Well done all at NFFC! A kind gesture that puts a bit of faith back into Human kindness.”

I have to go along with these comments and “Why are more clubs not doing this? It makes perfect sense. The food would’ve been wasted otherwise as Forest don’t have another home match scheduled until the 9th of November (2 weeks from original matchday).

Nottingham’s homelessness is a big problem and gestures such as these go some way to helping.

Back on the pitch, the postponement has meant that Forest’s injured party have longer to recover before a match is played. Michael Dawson, Samba Sow and Alfa Semedo are all on the injury list and their absence has played a massive influence on the two defeats.

In both matches, they have been outmuscled in midfield, which is the problem that Sow and Semedo were brought to the club in the summer to solve. They have also missed Dawson’s leadership at the back having conceded many more chances and goals since his injury.

FOREST 1-0 Brentford

Nottingham Forest went second in the Championship Table (level on points with leaders West Brom), by beating Brentford at the City Ground on Saturday. In the process making it 10 league games unbeaten.

The match was one in which both sides were happy to play through midfield and be patient, which meant not many goal scoring chances were created. Forest controlled possession of the ball better than Brentford but often opted to play a safe pass rather than one that would open up a defence.

The closest either side came to scoring in the first half was from a Thiago Silva free-kick which went just wide from around 30 yards out. Brentford also threatened from a free kick as they had an effort from Mathias Jensen deflected, which forced Forest keeper Brice Samba to pull off a very good save. The second half was played at a higher tempo as Forest looked to make the break through, they had the chance to do so when Lewis Grabban was played in but was denied by some good defending and an equally good save.

It wasn’t long after that Forest did take the lead. It came from a corner which found Joe Worrall free at the far post who headed back, allowing Captain Ben Watson to finish powerfully and high into the net. This was Watson’s second winning goal in consecutive home matches for Forest and it came in the same minute as his winning goal in the previous home game against Barnsley. Watson had previously failed to find the net since his transfer to Forest in January 2018. It’s been quite a turnaround for Watson this season, who received much criticism last season from the Forest faithful. His performances have much improved and he now has them singing his own chant.

Forest were reasonably comfortable in defence of the lead, they worked extremely hard to get men behind the ball and deny Brentford any space to create chances with their renowned passing style.

It has been a promising start to the season for Forest having topped the table for the first time in 5 years. It’s fair to say it wasn’t expected, following another summer of changes – but so far the change of manager and his subsequent signings have paid off.

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Lamouchi clearly knows how to get results and in different ways. From back to wall displays at Leeds and Charlton where Forest came from behind to earn valuable points, deserved wins away at Fulham and Swansea where great defence was matched by excellent counter-attacking, and finally grinding out wins or draws against teams who are difficult to break down at the City Ground. These are all things that have let Forest down in the past.

Another significant difference is the extra strength and power in central midfield, previously Forest could be bullied by teams like Millwall, but the signings of Samba Sow and Alfa Semedo and extra togetherness mean this is no longer likely.

Nottingham Forest 3-0 Derby County

This was a second-round League Cup tie like no other. Both sides made significant changes to their sides from their last league outing, however, no other tie had the same atmosphere and meant as much as this one.

Forest made 8 changes and Derby made 10, although if you looked at the line ups, Forest’s was the more familiar. It surprisingly included a star man in Joe Lolley who has been carrying a knock and therefore his inclusion was not expected. Other players that have featured regularly either as a starter or from the bench were Albert Adomah, Joe Worrall, Alfa Semedo. There was a first start for 18-year-old Brennan Johnson, while Joao Carvalho was named on the bench for the first time this season following an injury.

The Derby line up included many untested youngsters and this proved to be a pivotal reason why the match went the way it did.

Derby started with plenty of youthful enthusiasm and had a few long-range efforts early on that didn’t worry the Forest Keeper. Once the game settled down, Forest took charge and their first chance came to Rafa Mir, but his effort was well wide.

Mir then had two further opportunities to open his account for Forest, but he lashed at both displaying that he is a bit too eager to grab his first goal for Forest.

Forest took the lead from a Joe Lolley corner which found an expertly timed run by Albert Adomah who from close range grabbed for his second goal in three games, after netting in Forest’s draw at Charlton.

Just ten minutes later and The Reds had doubled their advantage with a fine header from Lolley. Adomah turned provider as he crossed for Lolley to head into the bottom corner past Ben Hamer who stood no chance.

Both Sides were playing out from the back but it was Forest who were using the tactic more effectively, John Bostock often dropping deep to collect from the back and starting attacks, this allowed Matty Cash to move higher up the pitch from his right-back starting position and in turn, Joe Lolley could drift infield.

Derby lost possession on a few occasions deploying the tactic which could’ve cost them. Former Red, Jamie Paterson created an opportunity for Lee Buchanan but he blazed way over Brice Samba’s crossbar as Forest took the lead going into the break.

Forest started the second half brightly and could have added a third when Cash’s effort was just deflected wide. From the resulting corner, Mir met Lolley’s floated delivery but his header was caught by Hamer.

Derby started to improve and created a half-chance for substitute Jack Marriot but his snap-shot was superbly blocked by Joe Worrall, who was fantastic all evening.

Paterson then showed a lack of discipline when he first appealed for a penalty, took a corner to which he was roundly jeered by the Forest Fans and took his frustration out on Cash as he broke forward and duly got himself booked.

Forest, however, put extra gloss on the victory in fortuitous fashion. In the 79th minute, when Curtis Davies’ clearance cannoned off substitute, Carvalho and past Hamer in a flash.

Forest saw the game out to continue a good recent record against the rams and retain the Brian Clough Trophy. They have now won back to back derbies for the first time since Billy Davies’s first spell as manager, haven’t conceded in 4 derbies and still haven’t tasted defeat to the Rams at the City Ground in 6 meetings, winning 4.

As a Forest fan, the most pleasing aspects were the style of play deployed and the strength in depth that the squad is displaying.

Despite making 8 changes, Forest seamlessly continued where they left off against Fulham (a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage). The way they continuously passed the ball with a purpose and stretched the opposition out wide was very pleasing to watch and is something we haven’t seen since Billy Davies was in charge.

There was a sad scene off the pitch as a Derby supporter looked in a very bad condition, after around 70 minutes into the game. Paramedics were called to the scene and laid the man on a stretcher and treated him. News as to the extent of his condition and the cause has yet to emerge but from my position in the crowd, the man looked to have gained unconsciousness.

In other off the pitch news, there was an altercation whilst Derby substitutes were warming down and Forest ground staff were tending to the pitch after the match. A member of the Forest staff has told me that his colleague asked the Derby players to move so they could tend to that area of the pitch.

This prompted an unnecessary angry response from Derby Captain Richard Keogh who pushed the women over, she was taken to hospital with knee injuries and is in the process of suing Keogh for ABH. Nottingham Forest and Derby County are said to be investigating the incident.