Nottingham Forest ensured the Brian Clough Trophy stayed at the City Ground after a 3-0 thrashing of Derby County in the Carabao Cup.

Goals from Albert Adomah, Joe Lolley and Joao Carvalho completed the rout against a Derby side who were frankly hopeless.

The Rams didn’t have a single shot on target on the night, with boss Phillip Cocu opting to ring the changes.


Sabri Lamouchi won’t be bothered, however, and he will have thoroughly enjoyed a dominant performance from a large number of his second string.

Following the game, Seat Pitch analysed the performance from Forest and marked the players out of 10:

Brice Samba – 8

Forest have a new number one goalkeeper and he’s pretty good. Samba coped well with balls into the box and looked assured throughout the contest.

Matty Cash – 8

He’s only played a handful of games there but Cash already looks a solid option at right-back. Against Derby, he looked handy at both ends of the pitch and took on the captaincy when Worrall was subbed.

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Joe Worrall – 9

Getting better with every game he plays. The problem with Worrall used to be that he didn’t learn from his mistakes but that trait is now regressing rapidly. The central defender is clearly relishing training and playing alongside Michael Dawson on a daily basis.

Tobias Figueiredo – 8

Another solid game for the Portuguese defender. Figueiredo has only featured in the Carabao Cup games but he didn’t look rusty whatsoever against the Rams frontline.

Yuri Ribeiro – 7

It’s only not a higher mark for the left-back as he didn’t really have loads to do. He looks comfortable in possession and kept things neat and tidy here.

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John Bostock – 9

On this performance, Forest should do all they can to turn the midfielder’s loan spell into a permanent move. Bostock acted as the quarterback for the Reds, collecting the ball from the defenders and elegantly turning defence into attack.

Alfa Semedo – 8

Probably should have been booked given the number of needless fouls he made but this performance was still typically combative from Semedo and he played well in tandem with Bostock.

Brennan Johnson – 7

A quiet game for the academy graduate, although he still looks like being a star for the future. He kept things moving nicely and showed flashes of his ability during his time on the pitch.

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Albert Adomah – 9

Like a fine wine, Adomah rolled back the years to have Derby’s academy graduates wondering what they’ve got themselves in for! He twisted and turned on numerous occasions, mesmerising the hapless Rams with his ability to use both feet. Scored the first goal and assisted the second.

Joe Lolley – 9

What can you say about Lolley? He’s even scoring goals with his head these days! Capped another magnificent display with another goal and was a constant menace to the Rams.

Rafa Mir – 7

Difficult to give him a mark any higher just based on the lack of service he received. Did miss a couple of chances but they were hardly bread and butter for him.


Joao Carvalho (Johnson, 57) – 7

The little magician scored himself a complete fluke when an attempted clearance fired back of his shins and into the roof of the net situated at the Trent End.

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Tiago Silva (Lolley, 68) – 7

Another solid performance from Silva who continues to impress with his impressive range of passing.

Chema Rodriguez (Worrall, 83′) – N/A

Replaced the captain in the closing stages for his first appearance in a Forest shirt.

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