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Owen Phillips

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  1. Over and out

    FT: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    A much-needed win for Forest thanks to Nelson Oliveira's first-half goal which brought their first victory in nine games. And it would be hard to argue that it wasn't deserved, even for Derby fans. The Rams mustered just one shot on target after the interval and the Reds had the better chances in the first half too.

    Derby's first loss in 11 games is hardly time to panic. And we all know that form goes... in a derby game.

    Goodnight all.  

    Nelson Oliveira strikes Forest's winner against Derby
  2. Manager reaction

    FT: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman told BBC Radio Nottingham: 

    "We showed the same amount of commitment we have in the last few games but this time we took a chance when it came. 

    "We showed what we were all about for the first 15 minutes and then we gave a real disciplined performance. 

    "We had chances too and it was a well-deserved victory. The crowd played a huge part in getting us over the line in the last ten minutes. We are a good side in a a difficult moment but we stuck at it."

    Dougie Freedman
  3. FT: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

  4. Manager reaction

    FT: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Derby County head coach Paul Clement told BBC Radio Derby:

    "We're to blame for not getting the right result tonight for the way we played. We lost a bit of identity.

    "We were unable to create the chances we have in recent games, which was disappointing. It's a reality check for everybody. What we'll need to do now is reflect on it and get back to our way against Cardiff."

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  7. FT: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Craig Ramage

    Former Derby midfielder on BBC Radio Derby

    Quote Message: It hurts. I feel for the Derby fans behind the goal too. The fluency wasn't there and we didn't have midfield runners. They just didn't have the legs and looked jaded and tired.
  8. FT: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Brian Laws, former Nottingham Forest defender and BBC Radio Nottingham summariser, said the Forest "gameplan was spot on and it was a thoroughly deserved win". 

    "Forest's energy levels were first class and they pressed really high up. It made them play the ball a bit longer.

    "The levels of fitness and commitment outshone Derby. Where was the second-half onslaught that we were expecting?"

  9. FT: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Forest fans are running on to the pitch in celebration, a few seem to have got a bit too close to the Derby players.

    They seem to be clearing off the playing area now but it's far from ideal. It's understandable of course but it shouldn't happen.


    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    It's all over. Dougie Freedman looks chuffed to bits and mightily relieved. They did a brilliant job on their in-form rivals.

    Henri Lansbury
  11. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    It comes to nothing and we are in to the final minute Derby piling forward but the ball goes to Dorus de Vries. That should be it.

  12. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Another Derby corner. Goalkeeper Scott Carson has come up.

  13. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    The second corner is cleared and Forest race clear. Ryan Mendes wins a throw in. Sensible play by the wide man. 

  14. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Corner for Derby in the first minute of added time is whipped in by Tom Ince. The Rams appeal for handball, but it's only another corner. Head coach Paul Clement has not looked a happy man in the second half. 

    Paul Clement
  15. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Forest' third and final substitution sees goalscorer - maybe matchwinner - Nelson Oliveira replaced by Dexter Blackstock. Injury time is just starting. And there will be four minutes.

  16. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Just over two minutes to go and Derby finally bring a save from Dorus de Vries, It's a good attempt at a diving header from Darren Bent but his effort has little power in it and is easy for the Forest keeper.

  17. YELLOW CARD (Christie)

    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Cyrus Christie

    Cyrus Christie becomes the latest player to go in to the book. The first Derby player and the fourth overall. It's been a frustrating second half for the visitors. They have not had a shot on target after the break.

  18. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Ryan Mendes

    That was nearly 2-0 and you would think game over. But Scott Carson makes a smart save to deny Ryan Mendes from about eight yards 


    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Darren Bent. An old-fashioned goalscorer if ever there was one is now on and chasing an equaliser. Derby could do with something special from the ex-England striker. I forgot to tell you about Jacob Butterfield coming on for Johnny Russell too a few minutes back. That's all Derby's changes made now. 

  20. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Craig Ramage

    Former Derby midfielder on BBC Radio Derby

    Quote Message: This will be a lifeline for Dougie Freedman if Forest can hold on to this result.
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    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

  22. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Slick play from Forest now on their left flank sees Ben Osborn play a lovely one-two and slide in a cross which is cleared away. The best form of defence and all that.

  23. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Some great footwork by Tom Ince brings an equally fine bit of defending by David Vaughan, which sees the Forest man win a crucial tackle in the box. Ince has looked lively out on the left.

  24. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Just 15 to go. Forest sitting back a bit more again now. Plenty of numbers behind the ball. Is it park the bus time?

  25. YELLOW CARD (Oliveria)

    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Tom Ince gets a welcome challenge from Nelson Oliveria, with the striker racing back and completely wiping out the winger with a hopelessly clumsy attempt to win the ball.


    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Jonathan Williams

    Forest bring on Liam Trotter to replace Jonathan Williams. He's been energetic and influential in the midfield area. Like for like.

  27. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    But Chris Martin's effort sails harmlessly over the bar. 

  28. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Derby have a free-kick in a dangerous position 25 yards from goal after a silly challenge by Henri Lansbury.

  29. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Forest create the first good chance of the second half and it's all down to left-back Daniel Pinillos, who skips away from a couple of challenges bustles in to the box and sends over an inviting low cross - which Stephen Warnock does brilliantly to keep away from Ryan Mendes at the back post. 

  30. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Craig Ramage

    Former Derby midfielder on BBC Radio Derby

    Quote Message: It's all backwards - Derby need to get it forwards and forwards with a bit of purpose. They're better than this.

    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Maybe this will spark things back in to life. Former England Under-21 international Tom Ince comes on for Jeff Hendrick. More trickery and creativity needed by the Rams.

  32. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby


    It's not a sell-out tonight, with 25,114 inside the City Ground. It's a shame it's not full. The game is drifting a bit at the moment and the crowd noise reflects that.


    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Jamie Ward is replaced by Ben Osborne. Osborn scored the winner at the iPro Stadium last season, of course. Ward gets a good round of applause from both sets of fans. That's a rarity in these parts. A whole-hearted player who gave a typical performance and was a popular Derby player.

    He could easily have had a goal tonight. Would have been far less likely to be clapped off by Rams fans then.

  34. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Derby's Bradley Johnson tries an ambitious curler from the left-hand angle off the 18-yard box, but is well off target. The Forest fans enjoyed that.

  35. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    The pattern has changed in the second half. Derby are by no means having all the possession and the Reds are looking confident and eager to get a second rather than sit back and invite too much pressure. No chances of note for either side yet though.

  36. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Craig Ramage

    Former Derby midfielder on BBC Radio Derby

    Quote Message: I think Bradley Johnson looks tired. I thought he had a tired first half. He's not getting up and down the pitch.
  37. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Forest suddenly start knocking the ball around nicely but with Jamie Ward finding some space on the right, Henri Lansbury overhits his pass.

    Moments later, with George Thorne down on the deck after a midfield collision with Lansbury, Nelson Oliveira shoots over the bar. Thorne is okay. Good news. He's had some dreadful luck with injuries in recent times.

  38. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Paul Clement

    Not much occurring so far in the second half. Derby head coach Paul Clement and Forest counterpart Dougie Freedman are both patrolling their technical areas and shouting their orders. They'll be as tired as anyone.

  39. KICK-OFF

    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Up and running again at the City Ground. Derby get us going. No substitutions. 

  40. HT: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

  41. HT: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    And the first reply to BBC Nottingham Sport's tweet? "Boot it."

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  43. HT: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Craig Ramage

    Former Derby midfielder on BBC Radio Derby

    Quote Message: Forest have been very disciplined. I never thought they had that in their locker, but they've done well. Derby have lacked creativity in and around the 18-yard box.

    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Scott Carson

    Nottingham Forest survive two minutes of injury time to take a 1-0 half-time lead. Derby have had the bulk of possession. Forest have had the better chances. Perfectly set up.

  45. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Jamie Ward could easily have gone into the book there for a little grab of Bradley Jonson's shirt as the Rams man broke from midfield. It would be a big surprise if Ward doesn't have his name taken at some point. He's always involved and a real pest of player.

    A minute plus injury time to go until the break.

  46. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Scott Carson suddenly thinks he's a winger as he deals with a backpass badly and nearly gifts a goal to Jamie Ward. 

    The Derby man cannot find the net with a tough chance out wide as Carson scampers back towards his goal and the danger is cleared.

  47. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Craig Ramage

    Former Derby midfielder on BBC Radio Derby

    Quote Message: Derby's back four is far too deep. They need to press up and help out the midfield - they're giving Forest way too much room.
  48. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Derby seemed to have had a decent claim for penalty for a free-kick a few moments ago. The replays show Richard Keogh being tugged back by Matt Mills. Difficult for referee Simon Hooper to spot.

    Bradley Johnson then shoots well over with a first-time effort after another decent spell. Derby are playing well enough but not creating clear opportunities.

  49. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Jack Hobbs

    Nottingham Forest are still happy to play on the counter and they are looking increasingly secure at the back. No need to over-commit after that early goal, but they are breaking in numbers when they get the chance and former Rams man Jamie Ward is a constant threat.

    It would be interesting to see what he does if he scores. He was pretty outspoken about Forest when he was a Derby player.

  50. YELLOW CARD (Vaughan)

    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    David Vaughan gets a booking, sliding in on Johnny Russell and causing the Derby winger to hit the deck and roll around in agony for a few seconds.

  51. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Derby's Johnny Rusell has a fairly regulation strike on goal saved at the other end. Had Dorus de Vries let that in, it would have been a goal for the calamity collection. Straight at him and pretty tame.


    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Matt Mills

    Matt Mills heads in direct from a corner, but the referee had blown up for some tugging in the box. Bradley Johnson and Forest's Jack Hobbs were the men involved. The whistle went before the Forest's man header hit the net - but I doubt it would have been saved.

  53. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Craig Ramage

    Former Derby midfielder on BBC Radio Derby

    Quote Message: That's what Henri Lansbury has got in his locker. Derby have got to close down better. Forest have had plenty of ball around their penalty area - and Derby just aren't getting close enough.
  54. CLOSE!

    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Henri Lansbury shifts the ball on to his right foot and smashes a glorious effort just wide of Scott Carson's far post. Great strike. Forest are looking ever so bright on the break.

  55. CLOSE!

    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Jeff Hendrick grazes the top of Forest's bar with a stunning curling effort from the edge of the box. Keeper Dorus de Vries wasn't sniffing that. 

  56. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    A teasing cross from Stephen Warnock could so easily have led to an equaliser for Derby. He's always had a sweet left foot and nearly found the head of Chris Martin with that delightful centre. Jack Hobbs did well to make sure the striker was unable to get on the end of it.

  57. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Richard Keogh

    Breathless stuff so far at the City Ground. Forest were in danger of having to ask for another ball to play with after taking the lead. Whether that was purely tactical to invite the pressure and play on he break is not clear.

    But whatever way, it nearly worked with Ward so close to doubling the lead. It would have been interesting to see how the former Rams man would have celebrated that.


    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    A magnificent save from Derby keeper Scott Carson denies Jamie Ward a fine curler after a swift break on the right. Brilliant fingertip save to stop Forest going 2-0 up.

  59. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Forest have barely had a kick since their early goal but no chances yet. Cyrus Christie has a shot blocked after storming forward from right-back after a long spell of pressure - but no clear sight of goal yet.

  60. Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Craig Ramage

    Former Derby midfielder on BBC Radio Derby

    Nelson Oliviera
    Quote Message: We said Derby needed to start well - but now they have got it all to do. It was a silly mistake from Chris Martin, trying to speed up the play, that led to the goal.
  61. GOAL (Oliveira)

    Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby

    Nelson Oliviera

    Brilliant start for Nottingham Forest, who have had most of the ball and now have the lead. Nelson Oliveria controls his shot superbly and finds the bottom corner from the edge of the box at the second attempt.

  62. YELLOW CARD (Williams)

    Nottingham Forest 0-0 Derby

    Early yellow card for Forest's Jonathan WIlliams, who takes a very theatrical tumble in the Derby penalty area.

  63. KICK-OFF

    Nottingham Forest 0-0 Derby

    And after a minute's silence for Remembrance Day we're under way.

  64. Post update

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

  65. Almost ready

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

    The teams are out. Nottingham Forest's pre-match anthem Mull of Kintyre has been heartily sang. 

    Try telling Forest fans about now they are not going to win this. With an atmosphere like this, you can see why that formbook chat we have been talking about always crops up around derby time.

  66. Line-ups

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (1930 GMT)

    Derby team graphic

    Subs: Grant, Bryson, Bent, Baird, Butterfield, Pearce, Ince.

  67. Line-ups

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

    Forest team graphic

    Subs: Evtimov, Wilson, Trotter, Blackstock, C.Burke, Osborn, Walker.

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    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

  69. Playing with ten men

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

    Other special derby phrases that always get get too much airtime around these games and rival the "formbook" one (see 16:34 entry) include talk of "bragging rights", "blood and thunder" and "more than just three points".

    But recent history suggest there's a lot of truth in the feisty chat. The last nine games between the sides have seen six red cards.

    Thankfully there also normally goals. In fact, the last 20 matches have seen 60. There was a famous 5-2 home win at The City Ground a few years back, and a 5-0 drubbing dished out by Derby at their place in March 2014.

  70. Post update

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

  71. El Clasico Clement

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

    Derby Losses Info

    Derby County head coach Paul Clement is unlikely to be fazed by his first involvement in a Forest-Derby tussle. He has the small matter of experiencing the Real Madrid v Barcelona fixture in his previous life as Real assistant boss.

    *Understatement alert... "That is a really ferocious derby," said Clement referring to the El Clasico.

    "Forest-Derby is more than just a three-point game because there is the bragging rights and the passion.

    "There is going to be a lot of passion, particularly at the start and it is going to be really important for us to finish with 11 players."

  72. Pressure? What pressure?

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

    Dougie Freedman

    There's been all sort of chat that the Dougie Freedman is going to be sacked. If you believe the rumours, a deal with Nigel Clough/Dan Petrescu/Nigel Pearson/*insert name here is already signed.

    But the Forest boss has insisted he is not feeling the pressure.

    He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "There will not be anybody who puts more pressure on me than myself. All I can do is my best and prepare a committed team that is competitive and that is what we have been achieving.

    "This is also an opportunity for players to turn what is a difficult moment in to a good time and a good win. Although results aren't going our way, it's still early in the season."

  73. Striker light

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

    Britt Assombalonga

    Nottingham Forest made a fine start to last season but the long-term injury to Britt Assombalonga cost them their key striker and stacks of goals. Had Assombalonga stayed fit then maybe things would have been different.

    Derby's main man up front Chris Martin was also injured towards the end of last season and, although he came back for the run-in, the points dropped ultimately cost the Rams a play-off place.

    Forest are still struggling for goals, with just 11 scored in the league all season. How they could do with Assombalonga or the experience of Matty Fryatt. With limited attacking options, expect the Reds to keep things tight tonight.

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    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

  75. BreakingTeam news

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

    George Thorne

    Nottingham Forestmake three changes from the side that lost to Preston on Tuesday - and all three are in central midfield.

    Experience clearly counts so Henri Lansbury, Jonathan Williams and David Vaughan come in for Ben Osborn, Liam Trotter and Jorge Grant.

    Derby County also make a couple of changes from their game on Tuesday, restoring George Thorne to the midfield after suspension.

    Jacob Butterfield drops to the bench, with the only other change an enforced one.Craig Forsyth is out for the season with a knee injuryso Stephen Warnock starts.

  76. Dugout derby debut

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

    So #myfirstderby.It's Dougie Freedman's Forest-Derby debut as a manager - although he did score when he was Forest player in a 2-2 draw in 1998.

    And of course it's also Rams head coach Paul Clement's first game against Forest in the dugout. Both have been well aware of the significance of the fixture locally. A good job too.

    Former Forest boss Joe Kinnear famously described the match as "just another game", They lost and he was sacked before the next match.

  77. Post update

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

  78. Brian Clough

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

    Brian Clough

    As derby games go, this is huge. There are plenty that get bigger gates and more attention and have greater significance, but locally - trust me - this is a big, big deal.

    As a non-native, now an adopted East Midlander, I soon realised.

    Just about the only two words that can calm a Derby and Forest fan are Brian Clough. He's rightly revered at both ends of the A52 (Brian Clough Way). The teams now play for the Brian Clough Trophy. His magnificence is just about the only thing that will ever unite them.

  79. Get Involved #myfirstderby

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

    Throughout the past week, BBC East Midlands Sport has been asking you for your first memories of the East Midlands derby, a selection of which we'll be tucking into before kick-off.

    If you'd like to get involved too, you can do so by using #myfirstderby on Twitter.

    There's also plenty of contributions over on the BBC Derby Sport and BBC Nottingham Sport Facebook pages for you to enjoy.

    Former Forest defender Brian Laws and ex-Derby midfielder Craig Ramage - who both now work for BBC local radio - are just two who have been reminiscing.

  80. Losing the formbook

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

    So, that form. Or lack of it. The Reds have not won in eight matches, have scored just twice in six games and, after losing to Preston in midweek, have slipped to 19th in the Championship.

    The Rams have won eight in ten and are just one point off the top of the table after beating QPR in their last fixture. They will go top tonight if they win.

    If ever there was a time Forest needed to hurl that formbook...(sorry)... it is now.

  81. Finding form

    Nottingham Forest v Derby (19:30 GMT)

    Hello, good evening and welcome. It's derby time. Not Derby time. Well, it might be - especially if the stats and form is anything to go by. 

    If you're a Nottingham Forest fan, now just might be the time to roll out the "formbook goes out of the window" cliche - the little gem that is so often repeated when an in-form side faces a spectacularly out-of-form local rival.

    Forest winless Info