Nottingham Forest defender Riley Harbottle has been named in the League Two Team of the Week following his Mansfield Town heroics. The defender scored the winning goal as Stags beat Tranmere on Saturday.

Harbottle made the move to One Call Stadium last month. He’s played in both of the team’s games so far this season and tonight he will have Derby County in his sights.

Mansfield will welcome the Rams to North Nottinghamshire in the Carabao Cup. Given that Nigel Clough is a former Derby boss, it looks like a mouthwatering tie and an upset could be on the cards.

Harbottle named in Team of the Week
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Like Stags, Derby have one win and one defeat from their opening two games. Liam Rosenior’s team defeated Oxford on the opening day but were beaten by Charlton Athletic at the weekend.

Harbottle would dearly love to get one over Derby tonight. He’s Forest through and through and he’s already made senior appearances for the club he supported as a boy.

His loan at Mansfield is all part of the process. Playing regualrly this season will be key for his development and under the watchful eye of Clough he could thrive.

It wasn’t just his goalscoring exploits that caught the eye on Saturday. It was his sound defending to win Stags a clean sheet and help them get off and running for 2022/23.

According to Who Scored, he won five aerial challenges and made four clearances during his 90 minutes on the pitch against Micky Mellon’s team.

Harbottle named in League Two Team of the Week

This is a special achievement after just two games for his new club. Harbottle was outstanding at the weekend and joined Hiram Boateng and Oli Hawkins among the selected eleven.

The 21-year-old looks destined for a bright future. Forest handed him a new contract at the City Ground back in June and it’s crystal clear they have high hopes for him.

Harbottle named in Team of the Week
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Now, Harbottle can turn his attentions to Derby. The Rams have signed a host of new players following their takeover earlier this summer, with many over the age of 30.

It will certainly be interesting to see how a youthful defender can cope up against several experienced performers such as Conor Hourihane, David McGoldrick and James Collins.

The Forest gem will be up for the challenge though. A strong performance tonight could help Mansfield through and that would naturally delight the Reds supporters.

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