Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby County: Lewis Grabban secures win for Forest in East Midlands derby

Lewis Grabban has not needed many gifts in recent years. He won’t ever turn his nose up when they come, though. Especially one as beautifully wrapped as this.

On a day when Sabri Lamouchi’s side looked set to rue more missed chances, it was Derby’s Jayden Bogle who provided the killer ball their rivals had been lacking. 

As Derby looked to build from the back, the defender miscued the ball straight across his own goal. It found no one in white. Instead Grabban was there to run on to it and score the only goal of the game. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the Nottingham Forest striker has scored more Championship goals than anyone else. Few will have come more easily than No 80. Few will have felt more sweet, either.

Lewis Grabban scored the only goal as Nottingham Forest beat Derby at the City Ground

Lewis Grabban scored the only goal as Nottingham Forest beat Derby at the City Ground

Lewis Grabban scored the only goal as Nottingham Forest beat Derby at the City Ground

Derby's Jayden Bogle's stray pass was seized upon by Grabban who finished past Kelle Roos

Derby's Jayden Bogle's stray pass was seized upon by Grabban who finished past Kelle Roos

Derby’s Jayden Bogle’s stray pass was seized upon by Grabban who finished past Kelle Roos

The goal was Grabban's seventh goal in the Sky Bet Championship this season

The goal was Grabban's seventh goal in the Sky Bet Championship this season

The goal was Grabban’s seventh goal in the Sky Bet Championship this season

Not since 1990 have Forest won three consecutive games against their bitter rivals. The manager in those days? Brian Clough.

Since then 28 different managers have tried and failed. Lamouchi’s journey towards Forest folklore may have only just begun. But already the Frenchman is making fans dream again. For Phillip Cocu’s Derby, meanwhile, their sorry run in this fixtures goes on. That’s five straight matches against Forest that have ended without a win, and without even a goal.

This short journey down Brian Clough Way was particularly unpleasant from start to finish. For on Saturday Cocu’s squad made the 15-mile trip weighed down by some extra, unwanted baggage. Their grim recent past will not be erased easily, particularly here on the bulging banks of the Trent. Tom Lawrence was the only player involved in that long night of drinking and driving who made the matchday squad.

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND LEAGUE TABLE 

Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1): Samba 7; Cash 6.5, Tobias Figueiredo 6.5, Worrall 6, Yuri Ribeiro 6; Watson 6.5, Yates 6; Lolley 6 (Adomah 86′), Tiago Silva 7 (Johnson 90′), Ameobi 7 (Carvalho 72′); Grabban 7

Subs not used: Mir, Robinson, Chema, Muric

Goals: Grabban (56)

Booked: Watson, Grabban

Manager: Sabri Lamouchi

Derby County (4-3-1-2): Roos 6.5; Bogle 5, Davies 5.5, Clarke 6 (Evans 15′, 6), Lowe 5.5; Holmes 6 (Paterson 73′), Bielik 6.5, Shinnie 6 (Waghorn 84′); Lawrence 6.5; Marriott 6, Martin 6

Subs not used: Wisdom, Dowell, Jozefzoon, Hamer, 

Booked: Bogle, Bielik, Lawrence

Manager: Phillip Cocu

Referee: Darren England  

Attendance: 29,314

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Grabban's strike was the only goal of a pulsating derby in which Sammy Ameobi impressed

Grabban's strike was the only goal of a pulsating derby in which Sammy Ameobi impressed

Grabban’s strike was the only goal of a pulsating derby in which Sammy Ameobi impressed

Booed with every touch, he was the target of much of Forest fans ire, with fans wasting no time in telling the midfielder that he ‘should be in jail’. But it was he who came closest to opening the scoring early on. After a brilliant driving run from Bogle, Chris Martin laid the ball off to Lawrence, whose effort from inside the area was well saved by Brice Samba. 

That was as good as it got for the visitors in the first half. Though they offered a fleeting threat on the break, Forest began to turn the tide. Ben Watson had a shot well blocked, while Kelle Roos denied two fierce efforts from Sammy Ameobi. The lanky forward went close with another long-range effort early in the second half as Forest’s profligacy looked set to hamper them once more. 

Then Bogle stepped in. Suddenly the sky was filled with red smoke and Forest had wind in their sails. The goal forced Derby into action, too. Graeme Shinnie had a low effort saved before Jack Marriott’s shot was well kept out, too. But this day belonged to Forest. This season? Who knows. The omens are certainly good.

The win saw Sabri Lamouchi's side climb one place to fourth in the Championship table

The win saw Sabri Lamouchi's side climb one place to fourth in the Championship table

The win saw Sabri Lamouchi’s side climb one place to fourth in the Championship table

But Derby's frustrating form continued as they suffered a third consecutive loss to Forest

But Derby's frustrating form continued as they suffered a third consecutive loss to Forest

But Derby’s frustrating form continued as they suffered a third consecutive loss to Forest

 

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