By the time Nottingham Forest and Derby County take to the field on Saturday, a notable drought for the Rams will have hit 967 days.

That is a considerable period of time.

Over two-and-a-half years!

We are turning the clock back here to March 18, 2017.

What happened that day?

Well, Forest played out a 2-2 draw with their fiercest rivals at the City Ground.

The Rams have been back on Trentside three times since, in league and cup competition.

They have failed to find the target in any of those fixtures.

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A goalless draw was taken in on March 11, 2018 before the Reds saw a masked Yohan Benalouane snatch them a 1-0 victory on February 25, 2019.

Earlier this season, Sabri Lamouchi’s first taste of the East Midlands Derby delivered a 3-0 home win in the Carabao Cup.

More of the same this weekend would be most welcome.

Especially if a barren run for the Rams can be extended into four figures.

Unless two old adversaries are paired together again in the FA Cup, then it will be late 2020 before Derby return to Nottingham.

They will be desperate to take something from their latest visit.

Recent history and form is against them.

They have not breached Forest since the 53rd minute of the aforementioned 2-2 stalemate back in the spring of 2017.

Forest have recorded four efforts since then.

Shutouts

 

Daniel Pinillos got the first – a stoppage-time equaliser – with Benalouane, Albert Adomah, Joe Lolley and Joao Carvalho having since got in on the act.

Three different managers have overseen shutouts for the Reds.

Aitor Karanka, Martin O’Neill and Lamouchi have shown how to go about collecting clean sheets on derby day.

The latter now has the chance to add a second to his personal roll of honour.

With the hope being that three points will be secured to go with it.

That is, of course, the priority heading into Saturday.

Derby can score as many as they want, ending a barren run in style, just as long as Forest record at least one more than the Rams.

Keep everything crossed!

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