Nottingham Forest were made to settle for a point in an all-East Midlands affair with Derby County on Friday night.

James Garner fired Forest into the lead on 33 minutes and the Reds looked comfortable from that point.

Three points weren’t to be though and Colin Kazim-Richards’ goal seven minutes from time saw the home side scrape a point.

It’s another point towards survival for Forest in their quest to start climbing the table and it maintains Derby’s horrible run against the Reds.

In the aftermath of last night’s victory, here are four things we learnt…


Knockaert dazzles

He’s had his critics since arriving at Forest but on Friday night he was truly mesmerising.

The Frenchman is proving himself as a man for the big occasion and was absolutely superb against Derby.

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Lee Buchanan is an England under-21 defender but last night Forest’s French fancy made him look like Big Dave from the Dog and Duck.

The 29-year-old is starting to repay Chris Hughton’s faith and is edging towards the sort of form he showed under the Forest boss at Brighton.

Garner shines

The on loan Manchester United midfielder grabbed his first senior goal and he’s improving with each game.

Everything he does is just so effortless and he’s a player destined for the very top.

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His left-footed strike managed to squirm under David Marshall to give Forest the lead and there’s even more to come from the 19-year-old.

Garner was handed a rest in midweek against Rotherham and it clearly paid dividends ahead of the derby.

Forest should already be asking United questions over their plans for Garner next season.

Cafu slips under the radar

With Knockaert, Garner and Joe Worrall taking the majority of the praise, the Portuguese battering ram quietly went about his business.

This was the 27-year-old’s best performance in the middle of the park for Forest and he’s growing as a player at the City Ground.

Cafu was energetic, intelligent and he clearly loves playing alongside Garner in midfield.

The less said about his short sleeves and gloves combo the better but the ex-Olympiacos man is proving a decent addition to the Forest ranks.

Curious selection

It does have to be said that the decision to go with Luke Freeman ahead of Joe Lolley and Sammy Ameobi.

The on-loan Sheffield United man struggled to impose himself on the game last night up against right-back Nathan Byrne.

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He puts a shift in for sure but he perhaps doesn’t have the star quality when it comes to beating his man that Lolley and Ameobi bring to the table.

At the moment, Freeman isn’t really offering a great deal of quality to the Forest team and that’s proving a conundrum for the boss.

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