Nigel Clough is under increasing pressure from Derby County supporters and Saturday’s game at arch rivals Nottingham Forest presents him with a chance to lift spirits.
The former Burton manager has oversaw four victories from six matches in his time as Rams boss at the City Ground. Here I take a look back at those 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 2011
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, whose 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.
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.
Nottingham Forest 0-1 Derby County. Championship 30th September 2012
After a summer of transition for Nottingham Forest, which involved a Kuwait takeover and a flurry of incoming players, the hosts were tipped for victory in the derby fixture. However, Clough’s Rams proved a tougher match than many home supporters anticipated.
In the first half Forest were the better team, mounting pressure on the Derby defence. The first half was full of tackles flying about, making it a really physical game and therefore difficult to play good passing football. The physical element of the game resulted in a fair few long balls being played.
Seconds into the second period Reds striker Dexter Blackstock was given a straight red for elbowing Richard Keogh, who went up for a challenge with Blackstock. The Forest number 23’s sending off sparked debate. Contact was certainly made, the referee deemed there to be intention.
The game changed after that red card, the Rams saw much more of the ball and used that to create more opportunities. On 55 minutes John Brayford set winger Paul Coutts free, who delivered an inviting cross into the 6 yard box for Craig Bryson to get the critical touch to put Derby ahead! The visitors soaked up the late pressure to hold on for derby day delight.
Forest: Camp, Halford (Moloney 78) Ayala, Collins, Harding, Gillett, McGugan (Lansbury 75), Cohen, Reid (Sharp 74), Cox, Blackstock. Subs not used: Evtimov, Moussi, Coppinger, Majewski.
Booked: Gillett, Reid, Lansbury
Sent off: Blackstock
Derby: Fielding, Brayford, Buxton, Keogh, Roberts (O’Connor 78), Coutts, Bryson, Hendrick, Hughes, Ward (Jacobs 65), Sammon (Robinson 82). Subs not used: Legzdins, Tyson, Gjokaj, Freeman
Booked: Roberts, Buxton
Goal: Bryson 55
A repeat of any of these victories will do nicely!
This ‘More Than Just A Game’ video below on the rivalry between the sides is excellent. Well done, Derby Goals.
Nigel V Billy in Derbies
Nigel Clough’s record.
- Derbies: 11
- Wins: 6
- Draws: 2
- Defeats: 3
- Win Percentage: 55%
Billy Davies’s record.
- Matches: 6
- Wins: 3
- Draws: 0
- Defeats: 3
- Win Percentage: 50%
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Finally, on RamZone there is a piece about the recent players that have dared to cross the A52.
COME ON YOU RAMS.
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