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Derby County 0-0 Nottingham Forest: Frank Lampard says Rams denied 'easiest penalty'

Tendayi Darikwa challenges Tom Lawrence
Derby boss Frank Lampard felt that Tendayi Darikwa's challenge on Tom Lawrence was a penalty

Derby County were denied "the easiest penalty to give" in their goalless draw with Nottingham Forest, according to Rams boss Frank Lampard.

Referee Keith Stroud waved away appeals when home forward Tom Lawrence was chopped down by Tendayi Darikwa after taking a touch and trying to move around the defender in the box.

In a tense and physical East Midlands derby, the Rams were largely stifled by the Reds, while Joe Lolley went closest to winning it for Forest when his curling effort hit the bar late on.

"I think the most staunch Nottingham Forest fan in the far side of the stadium saw that was a penalty," Lampard said.

"The easiest penalty to give is when the striker gets a touch, clearly, the defender follows through, clearly, and catches them around the waist, clearly.

"The referee is on his own in his opinion that wasn't a penalty. That was an absolute penalty and a game changer.

"It is a fair result in general play, but that is a goal to win us the game."

Former England midfielder Lampard, whose side could have gone third in the table with victory, said the incident was not even worthy of using to debate the merits of introducing video assistant refereeing technology in the Championship.

"It is not a grey-area decision, not a VAR decider," he said. "I wouldn't even refer that to VAR.

"Guaranteed I'd be saying the same if it was the other way. I'd be saying we got away with one there."

Rams and Forest test promotion credentials

Joe Lolley hits the bar for Forest
Nottingham Forest's Joe Lolley went closest to a winner when his shot hit the bar

The hard-fought draw at Pride Park lifted the Rams to fourth, and for a sixth successive season Derby find themselves in the play-off spots after 22 games.

As the first Monday meeting between the regional rivals for 20 years, the last of which was in the Premier League in 1998, there was a sense at Pride Park that this pre-Christmas instalment of the derby would serve as an audition of the top-flight credentials of both sides.

Forest, a reawakened force in the division this season under the management of Aitor Karanka and ownership of Evangelos Marinakis, have given fans reason for renewed optimism after collecting eight wins and amassing 35 points from their opening 22 games to sit just outside the play-off places.

Both sides fired early warning shots, Jayden Bogle testing Forest keeper Costel Pantilimon with a crisply hit volley from outside the box, while Reds striker Lewis Grabban was a lurking menace with a number of early sights of goal.

Derby were first to assert themselves with a period of sustained pressure, during which Darikwa felled Lawrence, while the stretching Tom Huddlestone could only poke over the bar at the far post from Richard Keogh's knock down.

Forest, however, were not all just stubborn resistance and Grabban was only denied his 15th league goal of the campaign by the fine reactions of Scott Carson.

The veteran Rams goalkeeper made another crucial stop after the break, tipping the ball over after Lolley cut in off the right just moments after Lawrence saw his fierce dipping shot flash wide at the other end.

Pantilimon had to be alert to keep out Harry Wilson's volley from inside the box, while all that denied Lolley the winner and the Reds maximum points with six minutes remaining was the woodwork.

Karanka not drawn on Rams penalty claims

Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka:

"I don't know if it was a penalty. The referee was closer than me and if he made that decision it's because he felt it was the right decision.

"I think we approached the game well. The main thing today was for our crowd to come back home proud of the team, and I think they are doing.

"Games like today are good for us when we have been working just five months together. To compete against Derby face-to-face in their stadium is good for our improvement and especially for our confidence in the future."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 37BogleBooked at 45mins
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Tomori
  • 46Malone
  • 4BrysonBooked at 29mins
  • 44HuddlestoneBooked at 68mins
  • 8MountSubstituted forHolmesat 85'minutes
  • 7Wilson
  • 14Marriott
  • 10LawrenceSubstituted forNugentat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wisdom
  • 11Jozefzoon
  • 16Pearce
  • 17Evans
  • 21Roos
  • 23Holmes
  • 28Nugent

Nottm Forest

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Darikwa
  • 44HefeleBooked at 33mins
  • 18Robinson
  • 21Janko
  • 24Yacob
  • 6ColbackBooked at 87mins
  • 23LolleySubstituted forCashat 90+2'minutes
  • 10Antunes Carvalho
  • 11OsbornBooked at 55mins
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forMurphyat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Guédioura
  • 8Watson
  • 9Murphy
  • 14Cash
  • 15Steele
  • 31Bastião Dias
  • 37Ansarifard
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
31,160

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home21
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Nottingham Forest 0.

Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).

Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matthew Cash replaces Joe Lolley because of an injury.

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Marriott.

Foul by Harry Wilson (Derby County).

Saidy Janko (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Duane Holmes (Derby County).

Michael Hefele (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harry Wilson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).

Offside, Derby County. Scott Malone tries a through ball, but Harry Wilson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Duane Holmes replaces Mason Mount.

Attempt blocked. Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Attempt blocked. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Daryl Murphy replaces Lewis Grabban.

Foul by David Nugent (Derby County).

Michael Hefele (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by João Carvalho.

Attempt saved. Harry Wilson (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Marriott with a cross.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces Tom Lawrence because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Scott Malone.

Booking

Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Claudio Yacob (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by João Carvalho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Scott Carson.

Attempt saved. Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tendayi Darikwa.

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).

Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jayden Bogle (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Foul by Harry Wilson (Derby County).

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds22136336181845
2Norwich22135440261444
3West Brom22116546311539
4Derby2211563124738
5Sheff Utd2211473526937
6Middlesbrough229942416836
7Nottm Forest22811332221035
8Aston Villa228954334933
9Swansea229582724332
10Birmingham2271053227531
11Stoke2271052927231
12Blackburn2271052933-431
13QPR229492732-531
14Bristol City228682726130
15Preston227783537-228
16Wigan2274112330-725
17Hull2266102330-724
18Sheff Wed2266102840-1224
19Brentford2257103334-122
20Rotherham2241082233-1122
21Reading2247112735-819
22Millwall2247112838-1019
23Bolton2246121530-1518
24Ipswich2228121837-1914
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