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Summary

  1. Derby extend winning run to six, move up to fifth
  2. Forest suffer first defeat in four games
  3. Bendtner own goal put Rams ahead
  4. Ince and Hughes with Derby's second-half goals

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By Owen Phillips

All times stated are UK

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It's a wrap...

FT: Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Bradley Johnson and Steve McClaren
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Well that's us done and dusted from Pride Park.

A highly satisfactory afternoon for Derby, but one for Forest fans to erase from the memory banks.  

Thanks for joining us. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

REACTION

FT: Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Steve McClaren told BBC Radio Derby: "I am very pleased for the supporters and I was pleased with the approach of the players; they were very relaxed.

"It took us 45 minutes to work things out, but once we did we got on top. The wide men Tom Ince and Johnny Russell got some freedom in the second half."

Rams beat Forest to move into play-off places

Derby County 3-0 Nottingham Forest

For a recap of Derby's win, here is today's match report.

Great stuff from the Rams, it must be said, but definitely a forgettable occasion for Nottingham Forest.

Derby players celebrate Will Hughes goal

Derby County 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Will Hughes scores his first goal of the season as Derby move into the play-off places with victory over Nottingham Forest.

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'Misery at Pride Park'

FT: Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Colin Fray

BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

"It was a miserable afternoon from a Nottingham Forest point of view. After three games in a row, the winning run has come to a shuddering halt."

'Early Christmas present for Rams fans

FT: Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Craig Ramage

Former Derby midfielder on BBC Radio Derby

"It was an absolutely brilliant early Christmas present for Derby fans that have turned up, who are around the town or listening at home."

FULL-TIME

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Derby's Will Hughes celebrates goal
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Job done for Derby. It was all set up for a humdinger of a second half. But the Rams put the game to bed very early on in the second period with two quick goals.

Derby are up to fifth, following seven wins from nine under Steve McClaren.

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Forest probing for some sort of very minor consolation, but Derby are having very little trouble keeping the visitors at bay.

YELLOW CARD

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest's Eric Lichaj is cautioned as we begin four minutes of injury time.

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Less than a minute to go at Pride Park. Derby are in control and easily snuffing out any Forest threats.

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

This is the dream scenario for Derby. It's all fairly straightforward for the home side. They will surely be in the play-offs come the final whistle. Forest look a beaten side.

Rams boss Steve McClaren is not relaxing yet though. He wants clean sheet number six in a row at home.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Both sides make changes.

Andreas Weimann replaces Thomas Ince for Derby. 

Forest bring on David Vaughan for Matty Cash.

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

 Pajtim Kasami has a strike at goal easily saved by Scott Carson after a swift break.

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

We're entering near-miracle territory now if Forest are to get anything from this. It doesn't look likely.

Ten to go and Derby are still doing the majority of attacking. 

SUBSTITUTION

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Will Hughes
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Will Hughes leaves the pitch to a standing ovation. Has has been the standout player for Derby this afternoon.

Craig Bryson comes on.

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

It's nearly a fourth for Derby. More fine build-up play with Will Hughes once again at the heart of it, teeing up Thomas Ince who shoots just wide of the far post.

SUBSTITUTION

Derby bring on Matej Vydra, who will inject a bit more pace up top and look to exploit the space in behind. 

Darren Bent makes way.

YELLOW CARD

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Will Hughes joins the growing yellow-card gang.

SUBSTITUTION

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Forest bring on Hilderberto Periera for Thomas Lam. He's always bright and lively. Can he spark the most unlikely of comebacks? There are still 20 minutes left.

YELLOW CARD

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Matty Cash becomes the sixth man in the book this afternoon. The fourth for Forest.

The visitors are getting frustrated. Will we see a red card? These games often produce one.

GOAL (Hughes)

Derby 3-0 Nottingham Forest

Will Hughes celebrates goal
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Just as I was typing how influential Will Hughes was becoming the Derby midfielder has surely wrapped up the points.

The finish is a simple one, tapping into the net after Vladimir Stojkovic had saved from Johnny Russell.

But the quality in the build up play by Hughes was obvious. He's dictating play now.

SUBSTITUTION

Derby 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Forest bring more support for Niklas Bendtner up front. Apostolos Vellios comes on, replacing Mustapha Carayol.

Derby 2-0 Nottingham Forest

How will Forest get back in this now? It's difficult to see them doing so. Derby are two to the good and well on top.

And of course, the Reds are also without two of their best attacking players in Henri Lansbury and Britt Assombalonga.

Mountains to climb for the visitors.

Nottingham Forest players
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'Baird take a bow'

Derby 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Craig Ramage

Former Derby midfielder on BBC Radio Derby

"What a ball from Chris Baird, take a bow Chris Baird.The ball does it for me, it was defence splitting that had Michael Mancienne off balance to start with.

"Brilliant play for that goal. Now Derby can really rub their noses in it."

GOAL (Ince)

Derby 2-0 Nottingham Forest

A brilliant, brilliant goal by Derby.

A glorious ball inside the full-back by Chris Baird and Tom Ince does the rest, dancing one way and then the other and coolly finishing past Dimitar Stojkovic.

Tom Ince
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Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

It's almost another own goal by Nicklas Bendtner. The first own goal was unlucky. This would have been a pearler. The striker knocks the ball against his own bar from a couple of yards with his shoulder from a free-kick.

YELLOW CARD

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

A great surging run by Jacob Butterfield only comes to an end when Thomas Lam pulls back the Derby midfielder. The caution was inevitable.

'Friendly feel'

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Brian Laws

Ex-Forest defender on BBC Radio Nottingham

"It is a flat stat to the half, even for Derby. It like it is a friendly."

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Eric Lichaj wins a free-kick for Forest. But Ben Osborn's delivery from the left is comfortably dealt with. 

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

An early shot for the Rams, Darren Bent lays the ball off to Jacob Butterfield who shoots well wide.

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

We are up and running again at Pride Park.

Forest seemingly have it all to day. The Rams have yet to concede a goal at home under Steve McClaren.

That's now five-and-a-half games - and 512 minutes of football.

Almost back under way

HT: Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Brian Clough Trophy
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A reminder that this is what is up for grabs today, the Brian Clough Trophy.

As it stands, Derby have one hand on the prize.

HT: Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

This is the moment that has made the difference in the first half. The scrunched-up face of Nicklas Bendtner had just sent the ball careering goalwards for Derby's goal.

Bendtner own goal
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'Forest very much still in it'

HT: Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Craig Ramage

Former Derby midfielder on BBC Radio Derby

"It has been a real cagey affair. 

"We can say that we are a little fortunate to be 1-0 up. Forest are in this as much as Derby are, they have threatened and Matty Cash had a good chance at the end there to put them level.

"Both sides have huffed and puffed, what Derby need to do now is look to exploit Forest a bit more, break and break at pace."

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Seems that everyone agrees, it's close and still up for grabs!

HALF-TIME

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Derby end the half on the attack and have just about edged things.

Cagey to start with but much more interesting after the Rams took the lead. It's set up nicely for the second half.

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

A decent low save by Derby keeper Scott Carson to deny Matty Cash.

The Forest man's effort is by far the best chance the visitors have had.

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Three minutes of injury time being played. 

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

The goal seems to have teed thing up nicely for the second half.

Forest won't agree of course but Derby don't look the sort of side who want - or maybe can - comfortably defend a slender lead and Forest have already seemed much more dangerous since going behind.

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

A Tom Ince corner ends up with Bradley Johnson acrobatically shooting over following an Alex Pearce header. The Derby midfielder never really looked in full control.

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Ben Osborn momentarily finds a pocket of space 30 yards from goal but is crowded out. The Forest man scored a scorcher in this fixture not that long ago.

Pajtim Kasami then has a tame shot easily saved. Forest showing as an attacking force at last. 

Kasami's effort was their first on target. 

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Derby fans
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Pride Park is now bouncing after a fairly quiet opening to the match. Quiet for an East Midlands derby anyway.

Derby are on top and pressing for a second.