Former Nottingham Forest forward David McGoldrick has ensured that fierce East Midland rivals Derby County will remain as the worst team in Premier League history for another year.
McGoldrick, now at Sheffield United, scored the only goal of the game as the Blades defeated Aston Villa 1-0 for just their fourth win of the season.
That result means that Sheffield United now move to 14 points, three clear of what Derby registered in 2007/08, meaning Derby’s unwanted record remains intact.
The fact that the winning goal came from Nottingham born McGoldrick, who played 74 times and scored nine goals for the Reds, adds a delicious slice of irony for Forest fans.
In the 2007/08 season, Derby registered just one win and eight draws for their 11 point tally – losing 29 games and conceding 89 goals along the way – as the Rams became the first Premier League side to be relegated in March.
What makes the record even more remarkable is that Derby – who only scored 20 goals that year – had four points from their first six games.
Forest fans take great joy in reminding their A52 neighbours about their disastrous season, with “worst team in history” a common chant when the two sides meet.
The day in which the record stays alive for another year is jokingly referred to as ’11 points day’, which did come a lot later than expected for Forest fans this year.
Along with McGoldrick, former Forest players Ben Osborn and Oliver Burke featured in the 1-0 win over Villa to condemn Derby to holding the record for another year, something which won’t be lost on the red half of Nottingham.
Following that strike from David McGoldrick, will Derby’s record ever be beaten?