Lewis Grabban will need no added motivation when taking to the field for Nottingham Forest against Derby County on Saturday.

There are, however, a couple of notable boxes that he would like to tick.

Goals are the 31-year-old’s bread and butter, with victories often a welcome consequence of finding the target.

Grabban has delivered on both counts over the course of a distinguished career.

He remains one of the most fearsome frontmen in the Championship – with his record proving as much.

A destructive presence for the likes of Bournemouth, Norwich, Sunderland and Aston Villa, the second tier is being torn apart again with Forest.

Grabban has, however, netted only three times against Derby.

In fairness to him, he has only faced the Rams on eight previous occasions.

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Six of those outings have come in the league and two in the FA Cup.

A first came back in the 2013-14 campaign, while on the books at Bournemouth, with the latest entry set to come some six years on.

Across his spell at the City Ground, Grabban has lined up on derby day just once.

That solitary appearance came during a 0-0 draw at Pride Park on December 17, 2018.

He was in the matchday squad for a Carabo Cup clash earlier this season, but never made it off the bench.

Forest prevailed 3-0 that night, but their star striker saw no minutes.

Which means that he is waiting on both a first goal in Garibaldi against Derby and a first career victory over the Rams.

Hitting both of those targets this weekend would prove very timely.

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Grabban was back in the groove during the Reds’ last outing away at Luton.

He opened the scoring at Kenilworth Road and put in a performance full of running, with the spurning of an early opportunity doing little to dent his confidence.

Sabri Lamouchi will have him back leading the line when Derby roll into town.

He has few other options available to him.

Not that he needs them for as long as Grabban can stay fit and firing.

Reinforcements will likely be sought in January, but for now No.7 is very much the main man.

He has passed a half-century of appearances for Forest in the current campaign and is only two efforts short of reaching 25 for the club.

Another outing will be taken in on Saturday, with the hope being that further goals and points will follow.

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