Three points on the road!
A bright but chilly day in Derby saw the reds eager to climb the table after last weeks 5-1 win to Walsall.
Within the first 10 minutes neither side really took a hold of the game seeing turnovers both ways. Forest saw more possession as the game progressed leading to a couple half chances. The reds found some good space in the attacking midfield with number 10 causing some mayhem. Derby started to pick up some more possessions as the half progressed, creating some havoc from free kicks and corners, but the reds defended well until the interval.
HALF TIME 0-0
The second half saw Forest spring into life as chances began creeping onto the Rams. The Reds quickly learned that long balls were making the Derby defence shaky and were hard to deal with. This showed when the number 9 for Forest saw a long kick from the goalkeeper coke straight over and the scrappy affair eventually saw the ball in the back of the net.
FOREST 1-0 DERBY
Derby wanted a quick reply and swiftly put defensive pressure onto Forest. Within a minute from the restart saw a shot pulled just wide of the post. Forest held on and used counterattacks to push back the pressure. A corner fell to number 5 and a strike from close range was superbly blocked from the Derby defender. Derby then saw a good strike hit the crossbar. A lot more action this half due to more aggression and fight from both sides. With 10 minutes to go both teams looking for a goal. Forest get a free kick on the left side of the box. Number 14 crosses it just outside of the 6 yard box. Number 9 leaps like a salmon and heads it bottom right. Brilliant goal.
FOREST 2-0 DERBY
The last few minutes saw a late surge from Derby to try and rescue something from the game. Forest held strong, moving to a back 5. The referee blows his whistle and Forest claim all three points and climb up the table.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 – 0 DERBY COUNTY
Match report written by student and player, Nathan.