Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban has told Nottinghamshire Live that playing against Derby on Saturday was the best atmosphere he has experienced at the City Ground since he arrived.

The Reds striker arrived at the club in the summer of 2018 and netted his seventh goal of the current campaign against the Rams on Saturday.

He scored 18 times for Forest last season following his £6 million arrival from Bournemouth, despite missing several penalties and missing a fair few games through injury.

Grabban has heaped praise on the City Ground faithful for the noise which they created on Saturday.

Lewis Grabban; Nottingham Forest (Credit: Jon Hobley | MI News)

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “It was loud and the fans were great. It was probably the best one that I’ve played here.

“In terms of all the Derby games I have played in, it was up there, with 29,000 in it was fun.”

The 31-year-old talisman has fired Forest to fifth in the Championship and is once again leading the club’s scoring charts in 2019/20.

He hopes that supporters are firmly backing Sabri Lamouchi’s team and has called on more people to get behind Forest.


He continued: “I hope they believe because we do. They’re coming along with us. The more people that get on board the better it is.”

Nottingham Forest News Verdict: Time to end any myth surrounding Grabban

For a natural-born goalscorer, some supporters still love to stick the boot in on the ex-Bournemouth man.

‘He doesn’t score enough’. ‘He still misses too many chances’. ‘I wish Grabban would look a bit more interested’. All critiques that have been thrown at the Forest frontman during the current campaign.

Lewis Grabban; Nottingham Forest (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Reds cynics would be wise to remember that lots of other clubs in the Championship would love the Forest man in their ranks and they’d take him in a heartbeat.

He proved on Saturday that he is capable of making something out of nothing and it’s time, once and for all, for the Reds faithful to be unanimous in their support for such a quality goalscorer.


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