Nottingham Forest face Derby County tomorrow and will come up against a man who simply loves scoring against the Reds.

Forest clashing with the Rams is always a hotly-anticipated occasion. For tomorrow’s hosts, they are aiming to claim a win against the Reds for the first time in three-and-a-half years.

For Lee Gregory, it represents another chance to throw rain on Forest’s parade.

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The striker checked in at Derby on loan from Stoke City in January, bolstering Wayne Rooney’s ranks.

Gregory scored and claimed an assist during a recent 2-1 win over Middlesbrough and looks a decent addition.

If there’s one player Forest fans would have loved not to sign for Derby it would have been Gregory.

As a striker at second tier level, his numbers are modest at best. In 177 games, he has found the net just 38 times, with 18 assists also to his name.

The name Gregory strikes fear into the heart of Forest fans though and he just loves scoring against the Reds.

 

Throughout his career, the 32-year-old hasn’t scored more goals against any other team (Transfermarkt).

His five goals have come from six appearances against the Reds and they must stop him adding to that tally tomorrow.

Gregory is not forced to start in Wayne Rooney’s team at Pride Park. He started just twice since checking in and faces a scrap to reclaim a place.

The Sheffield-born player came through non-league with FC Halifax Town and Mansfield before making it in the Football League.

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He is a committed player who makes up for what he lacks in quality with sheer determination and hard work.

If he does start tomorrow, the Reds will need to match his work rate – and ultimately find away to stop him scoring against Forest. Again!

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