Nottingham Forest beat Derby County 1-0 at the City Ground yesterday afternoon, further enhancing their credentials for a place in the top-six of the Championship.

Lewis Grabban’s goal following a misplaced pass from Jayden Bogle settled the contest and once again handed Forest the bragging rights.

The win was the third in succession for the Reds against their fierce rivals and made sure Forest retained the Brian Clough Trophy.

Following another victory for Forest, Seat Pitch analysed the performance and rated the players out of 10:

Brice Samba – 8

Another class performance from the big man between the posts. Samba is proving to be arguably Forest’s best goalkeeper in several years.

Matty Cash – 8

The academy graduate was once again brilliant at right-back, stifling the threat of Max Lowe who spent the afternoon bombing up and down Derby’s left flank.

Joe Worrall – 9

Tremendous from the lifelong Forest fan, who collected the Sky Sports Man of the Match. Dealt tremendously well with Derby’s direct approach in the second half.

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Tobias Figueiredo – 8

Went about his business in effortless fashion and was neat and tidy in playing out from the back.

Yuri Ribeiro – 8

Another quality performance from the ex-Benfica performer who got forward well in attack.

Ben Watson – 8

Solid as ever from Watson who ensured that Derby’s midfield diamond didn’t properly get going.

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Ryan Yates – 7

The first-half seemed to bypass Yates but he did come into the game during the second 45 and looked more like his usual self.

Joe Lolley – 8

Worked hard on the right flank, although he does seem to be less effective on the right than he is on the left. Lolley once again worked incredibly hard for the team.

Tiago Silva – 10

Wow! What a performance from Silva. Claimed the Man of the Match from the matchday sponsors and produced a dazzling display that put the Rams to the slaughter.

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Sammy Ameobi – 7

Another decent display from Ameobi who forced a tremendous save out of Kelle Roos during the first-half.

Lewis Grabban – 9

Despite a woeful piece of defending from Bogle, Grabban still had work to do. His finish showcased his lethal finishing prowess and capped a fine performance from the Forest striker.


Joao Carvalho (Ameobi, 72′) – 7

Albert Adomah (Lolley, 85′) – N/A

Brennan Johnson (Silva, 90′) – N/A

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