Nottingham Forest defeated Derby County 2-1 at the City Ground yesterday, with the Reds edging closer to the top-six and the Rams suffering a setback in their fight against relegation.
Steve Cooper’s men won the day courtesy of second-half goals from Lewis Grabban and Brennan Johnson. Tom Lawrence scored a penalty late on but that proved scant consolation.
Following the performance, we analysed three things we learned about Forest from their latest victory over their fierce rivals.
Scott McKenna is superhuman
Forest supporters are running out of superlatives to describe the Scotland defender and he was excellent once again yesterday.
His block during yesterday’s clash from a Luke Plange effort was sensational and helped Forest preserve their lead.
McKenna is in his second season at the City Ground having signed from Aberdeen in 2020.
Now, he’s instrumental and a permanent fixture in the Forest team. His form might just help the Reds earn a play-off place this season.
Forest must keep Lewis Grabban
The talisman divides opinion among the Forest faithful and that in itself is remarkable. Anyone who can’t see the quality that the bagsman possesses simply doesn’t understand football.
Grabban was on hand to smash home a blocked Steve Cook effort early in the second half and one chance was literally all he needed.
The 34-year-old is out of contract in the summer. Forest will have to spend some serious money to replace the striker and an extension is a must for the 13 goal star.
James Garner is going straight to the top
Dear Manchester United your star boy can seriously ball! Paul Pogba could be leaving in the summer and that will open up a window of opportunity for Garner.
On this performance against the Rams, the youngster has the ability to impact the Premier League and United must be seriously impressed with his progress.
Had we been doing player ratings, Garner would have got an 11/10, he was literally that good!
Forest fans will have to enjoy Garner whilst they can and his form right now is making him undroppable.