Since Nigel Clough took over as Derby manager he has beat his old club at the City Ground three times. Here’s a look back at those three memorable wins.
Nottingham Forest 2-3 Derby County. FA Cup Replay 4th February 2009
The Rams fought back from two goals down to set up a fifth round tie with Manchester United.
Chris Cohen put Forest off to a dream start after just 2 minutes with a left footed strike going beyond Stephen Bywater. It didn’t take the Reds long to double their lead, Stephen Bywater brought down then Forest striker Nathan Tyson to give Forest a penalty kick. Tyson scored the resulting penalty.
The Rams had to fight back and after some pressure put themselves back in the game, a brilliant Gary Teale cross was headed in by Rob Hulse. In the second half Derby continued their pressure and got their rewards on the hour mark, an unmarked Paul Green put the ball in the net from close range. It was game on then, the sides were level with half an hour to go.
With around 15 minutes to go former Red Kris Commons, returning to the City Ground for the first time, struck a 20-yard drive into the Forest goal to put The rams into the next round.
Forest: Smith, Chambers, Morgan, Breckin, Wilson, McCleary (Heath 81), Perch (Byrne 70), McGugan, Thornhill, Cohen, Tyson (Newbold 85).
Subs Not Used: Darlow, Bencherif, Reid, Whitehurst.
Goals: Cohen 2, Tyson 14 pen.
Derby: Bywater, Connolly, Albrechtsen, McEveley, Nyatanga, Barazite, Green, Savage, Teale, Commons, Hulse (Ellington 81).
Subs Not Used: Carroll, Stewart, Villa, Sterjovski, Todd, Pearson.
Booked: Bywater, Nyatanga.
Goals: Hulse 27, Green 60, Commons 74.
Nottingham Forest 1-3 Derby County. Championship 21 February 2009
Central defender Lewin Nyatanga put Derby ahead with a close range strike after the Forest defence couldn’t clear a Kris Commons free-kick. Derby’s next goal came on 47 minutes through a wonderful Rob Hulse header after a perfect Robbie savage delivery from a free-kick. On 67 minutes The Rams were awarded a penalty on 67 minutes after Forest’s James Perch pushed Derby striker Rob Hulse, Steve Davies scored the resulting penalty.
Robert Earnshaw scored a consolation goal on 87 minutes.
Forest: Smith, Chambers (McCleary 64), Morgan, Breckin, Heath, Anderson (Newbold 81), Perch, McGugan, Cohen, Earnshaw, Tyson.
Subs Not Used: Gamble, Wilson, Thornhill.
Booked: Chambers, Perch.
Goals: Earnshaw 87.
Derby: Bywater, Connolly, Nyatanga (Todd 64), Albrechtsen, McEveley, Barazite (Sterjovski 16), Green, Savage, Davies, Hulse (Villa 68), Commons. Subs Not Used: Carroll, Ellington.
Goals: Nyatanga 5, Hulse 47, Davies 67 pen.
Nottingham Forest 1-2 Derby County. Championship 17th September 2012
10-man Derby came from 1-0 down to win all three points in a dramatic East Midlands derby.
After 66 seconds Rams ‘keeper Frank Fielding was sent off for a foul on Ishmael Miller. Andy Reid scored the subsequent penalty after Tomasz Cywka became the unlucky man to leave the field for Derby’s sub goalkeeper Adam Legzdins to come on and make his debut.
Derby were level before the half hour mark through Jamie Ward. Forest called for play to stop when Chris Cohen was down but Derby carried on (encouraged by Nigel Clough) and gave the ball to Jamie Ward, who’s solo run and near-post finish was the equalising goal.
In the second half Derby should have been ahead after youngster Jeff Hendrick headed a Ben Davies cross wide for the ten men of Derby. But soon after he more than made up for that miss with a stunning 25-yard strike hitting the back of the net to give The Rams a memorable victory.
WE ONLY HAD 10 MEN
Forest: Camp, Gunter, Chambers, Morgan, Cohen (Lynch 32), Majewski, Greening (Findley 61), Moussi, Reid (McGugan 68), Miller, Derbyshire. Subs not used: Smith, Moloney, Lynch.
Booked: Lynch, Gunter, Miller.
Scorer: Reid (pen) 2.
Derby: Fielding, Brayford, O’Brien, Shackell, Roberts, Hendrick, Ben Davies, Bryson, Cywka (Legzdins 4), Robinson (Croft 86), Ward (Tyson 65). Subs not used: Steve Davies, Anderson.
Booked: Brayford. Red card: Fielding.
Goals: Ward 29, Hendrick 72.