Nottingham Forest were denied all three points in the 96th minute against Derby County as a late Chris Martin goal cancelled out Joe Lolley’s long-range effort.

The Reds executed their game plan to near perfection against a Rams woefully short of ideas.

With the game seemingly all about Wayne Rooney in the build-up, Forest’s midfield trio of Ryan Yates, Samba Sow and Ben Watson did a superb number on the ex-England man.


Forest were well worth three points and will hope to bounce back against Fulham on Tuesday afternoon.

Following a Pride Park point, we looked at the players and rated their performance out of 10:

Brice Samba – 5

Had very little to do and flapped at a Rooney cross late on which led to the Derby goal. Will hope to improve for the next game.

Matty Cash – 6

The Forest man was solid in defence and got forward well when the Reds looked to counter.

Joe Worrall – 5

He’s been superb this season but he’ll have nightmares about his late, needless challenge on Max Lowe which handed Derby one final chance which they took with aplomb. Seemed too determined to have an impact all afternoon and was loose in possession during the first half.

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Tobias Figueiredo – 7

Was once again tremendous at the back for Forest and is looking every inch the first name on the team-sheet for the Reds.

Yuri Ribeiro – 8

The Portuguese performer’s positional sense was fantastic throughout and he thwarted the threat of Jason Knight with emphatic presence.

Ben Watson – 8

Always in the right place at the right time for Forest and his disciplined approach was almost the catalyst for victory.

Samba Sow – 7

Returned to the side with a typically polished performance. Forest do look far more assured in midfield when the midfielder is in the team.

Ryan Yates – 8.5

Pure class from the academy product. He doesn’t always get his passes quite right but there is absolutely no denying the tenacity he brings to the Forest team.

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Nuno Da Costa – 7

A solid maiden start for the Cape Verde striker. He put himself about and didn’t give the Derby full-backs a moment of peace and quiet.

Joe Lolley – 7.5

Scored a stunning long-range effort to open the scoring and was a constant menace to the Rams before his withdrawal.

Lewis Grabban – 6

Not the Forest striker’s best performance in front of goal, missing two good chances to hand the Reds a massive three points.


Sammy Ameobi (Da Costa, 59) – 7

Tiago Silva (Sow, 59) – 6

Adama Diakhaby (Lolley, 77) – 6.5

Alex Mighten (Grabban, 90) – 7

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