Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby County: Yohan Benalouane settles East Midlands derby

By Owen Phillips

BBC Sport on the City Ground

Yohan Benalouane’s just got here after just 74 seconds

Nottingham Wooded field moved to within three points of the Championship play-off spots and within a level of Derby County as Yohan Benalouane’s 2d-minute just settled an keen East Midlands derby.

Benalouane reacted neatly from discontinuance fluctuate after the Rams did not manage with a Joe Lolley free-kick and the 74-2d opener plight the tone for an strangely launch, but every so continuously frenetic native contest in front of a promote-out City Ground.

Martyn Waghorn wasted a silent opportunity to diploma when one-on-one as Derby managed possession and probed for openings.

Wooded field, with Lolley and Ryan Yates outstanding in midfield, remained a relentless likelihood on the counter-assault but did no longer want the consolation of a 2d just as they closed out their first preserve over their fiercest competitors in seven makes an strive.

A 2d consecutive defeat for Frank Lampard’s Derby leaves them seventh, only one plight ahead of Wooded field, who climb to eighth.

The Rams had a complete lot of the ball and got in a unparalleled decision of appropriate areas in the final third but entirely managed six makes an strive on just.

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Wooded field hang been buoyed by the early just when Benalouane reacted superbly to turn in Daryl Murphy’s header after Jayden Bogle’s defensive header went high into the air.

The home facet hang been happy to resign possession and, Waghorn’s sorrowful dinked construct apart, the ways worked and they also created the easier possibilities.

Lolley’s fierce strike became once practically became in by Yates and Murphy went discontinuance sooner than the ruin and became once a section astray a with a low shot across just following the interval.

The Rams, who hang now misplaced three times in a four-sport winless away league tear, continued to hunt extra of the ball, but Wooded field stood firm.

O’Neill nous prevails over Lampard

Derby’s preference for possession football using Tom Huddlestone because the fulcrum alongside Andy King made for an enticing first-half incompatibility against a Wooded field facet who went for the high-tempo approach and looked to consume some growing old, albeit very wily, legs in midfield.

Huddlestone’s slick passing and skill to hunt and discontinuance a cross, short or long helped make several promising conditions sooner than the interval.

Nonetheless the Reds, with Lolley, Yates and Jack Colback all prominent as they snapped into tackles, brought a relentless likelihood and the easier just likelihood on the ruin.

Huddlestone’s withdrawal brought extra urgency because the match grew to develop to be increasingly extra fiery and extra derby-indulge in.

A sixth purple card in eight meetings between the facets looked possible but Wooded field remained up to the mark of their feelings to accomplish victory.

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Wooded field manager Martin O’Neill advised BBC Sport:

“We got off to an wonderful launch and it presents you reasonably of momentum. Derby had an awfully appropriate likelihood after which we spurned a appropriate likelihood to accomplish it 2-0 but I’m just contented to preserve.

“There are issues we can strengthen on. By approach of the ambiance and the group, the players spurred on the fans and in the final quarter-hour the group spurred the players on. The group hang been terrific.

“Derby had appropriate possession but we defended very strongly. We gave up ground for a interval in the 2d half but that became once thanks to Derby’s appropriate play. Nonetheless total I’m contented to preserve.”

Derby manager Frank Lampard advised BBC Sport:

“We played into Wooded field’s hands. They are a appropriate organised group, who settle to peaceable down and counter-assault. Gifting them a just after two minutes in a derby presents them the edge.

“It became once the deciding ingredient of the game. It became once a injurious injurious to present away after which we did not cope with the ball into the box on two or three instances.

“Nonetheless we had 89 minutes to discover support into it. We managed a form of the game but our quality in the final third wasn’t appropriate ample and that one is on us.”

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