Derby demolition sees McClaren’s side bounce back in style
Derby County came out victorious in the 93rd East Midlands derby on Saturday with an emphatic 5-0 victory over their local rivals Nottingham Forest.
In one of the biggest rivalries in English football, a packed house at the iPro Stadium for Saturday’s lunch-time kickoff on Sky Sports saw Steve McClaren’s Derby County dominate their fellow play-off chasing rivals from start to finish.
Derby County headed into the weekend in 3rd position in the Football Championship despite failing to score in their four previous matches. Automatic promotion has been off the cards for a couple of weeks, trailing second place Burnley by 10 points.
The hosts were ahead after only 6 minutes when Craig Bryson fired his own knock-down inside the penalty area as Nottingham Forest defenders failed to close down the goalscoring midfielder.
Nottingham Forest’s game was probably summed up in the early moments when Jamie Mackie fired in a shot that went out for a thrown in and later received taunts of “You twat” from the home fans following a dive. Billy Davies’ side were simply out0mastered from start to finish by the former England manager.
Derby County doubled their lead just after half hour with a nice move that concluded with striker Chris Martin teeing the ball up to Bryson inside the penalty area who rolled home unchallenged.
A rare Nottingham Forest attack in the first half lead to a goal. A Derby County goal on the counter-attack. Gonzalo Jara failed to cut out a clearance from the edge of the Derby penalty area on the half-way line, allowing the ball to reach Patrick Bamford. The on-loan Chelsea striker lured two defenders in before he set Jeff Hendrick in in a reverse pass.
The 22-year old Republic of Ireland international teased Karl Darlow one-one-one before casually rolling the ball under the Nottingham Forest goalkeeper to give Derby a 3-0 lead on 37 minutes.
Jeff Hendrick was starting in the centre of Derby’s midfield due to an absence of Will Hughes in the starting line-up due to injury. The highly-rated 18-year old did make a cameo appearance at the end of the game.
Jamie Ward became Derby’s latest casualty and was substituted for Johnny Russell shortly before half-time.
Johnny Russell fired home a cracker less than 10 minutes after the second half as the rampant Rams continued off where they had ended the first half. Nottingham Forest with their wealthy owner and their heavily-invested squad which included three players for UEFA Champions League sides this season simply didn’t have the passion and fight that the home players and their fans brought to the dance.
Patrick Bamford is now without a goal in his last six games after scoring five in his first seven appearances on-loan from Chelsea. However, the former Nottingham Forest youth was involved in the fifth, winning a penalty after originally miscontrolling a long ball over the top before taking a tumble over Darlow’s needless dive when the striker was going away from the goal.
With all the media attention on Hughes, Craig Bryson appears to have gone under the radar of Premier League goals. The 2-time Scotland international completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot on 69 minutes after Darlow dived away from the effort which went straight down the middle.
Bryson is the first Derby County player to score a hat-trick in this derby since the legendary Steve Bloomer back in 1898. That game also finished 5-0.
A play-off position and the dizzy heights of 3rd place could only be in the most optimistic minds of Derby County fans at the start of the season but finishing in the top six is now looking a possibility for the Rams.
Reading’s victory at Birmingham City on Saturday has pushed Nottingham Forest down to seventh place after starting the season as one of the favourites for automatic promotion this season.
Since 2007, matches between Derby County and Nottingham Forest have been for the Brian Clough trophy. The Rams have now lifted the trophy on 10 occasions, to Nottingham Forest’s 10.
See the goals from Derby’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest here: