Derby's top five wins against Nottingham Forest in the last decade
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Craig Bryson of Derby County celebrates at the end of the npower Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at City Ground on September 30, 2012 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Derby County headed to the City Ground in September 2012 with hope of achieving three successive wins over their bitter rivals for the first time since 1912. After a feisty encounter in which Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock was sent off, the Rams did just that, with Craig Bryson's tap in the difference between the two sides.

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Bryson's goal in front of the 4,000 travelling Derby fans sparked pandemonium in the away end, as the energetic midfielder celebrated in the back of the Forest net. Credit also must go to Paul Coutts, with his inch-perfect cross giving Bryson the simplest of tap ins. The goal came just 10 minutes after Blackstock had been judged to have intentially elbowed Richard Keogh, seeing red for the offence.

  • Number Four: Twenty four seconds

In November 2017 it took just 24 seconds for Matej Vydra to find the back of the net against Forest. The forward received the ball from Joe Ledley following Andre Wisdom's throw in, before quickly turning and firing the ball into the back of the net with his weaker left foot. This quickly set the tone for the game, with Derby on the front foot for the majority of the first and second half.

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Vydra was later involved again, turned creator this time, as his expertly weighted through ball found David Nugent, with the veteran striker coolly slotting home from just inside the penalty area. This goal helped to kick-start Vydra's season, with the forward ending the season on 21 goals, winning the Championship Golden Boot.

  • Number Three: The ten men

A game that goes down in Derby folklore. Just two minutes into the contest in September 2011, Derby goalkeeper Frank Fielding was shown a straight red card for bringing down Ishmael Miller inside the penalty area. Andy Reid converted the resulting spot kick, but not many could have imagined what would happen next.

With Forest midfielder Chris Cohen in a heap inside the Derby half, Derby took full advantage. Dimunitive forward Jamie Ward skipped past two Forest defenders, before squeezing the ball past the helpless Lee Camp  at his near post.

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This equaliser seemed to galvanise the ten men of Derby, as mid way through the second half Jeff Hendrick struck from outside the area to secure a famous win for the Rams. The courage, heart and passion from that Derby team cannot be understated, with each player giving everything to win the game.

  • Number Two: Ince tears Forest apart

As far as team performances go, Derby's 3-0 victory over Forest in December 2016 was near-perfect. Forest shot themselves in the foot early in the first half, with ex-Arsenal striker Nicholas Bendtner comedically heading into his own net from a Tom Ince corner.

Ince was involved again early in the second half. The tricky winger received the ball deep into Forest's half from a fantastic Chris Baird through ball, turned Michael Mancienne inside out, then finished into the top corner with aplomb. The quality of the goal sparked jubilant scenes at Pride Park.

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Will Hughes finished off the rout just nine minutes later, reacting quickest after Johnny Russell's shot was saved to poke home Derby's third. The Rams outclassed their bitter rivals for almost every minute of the game

  • Number One: The 5-0

As expected, the 5-0 is Derby's greatest performance against Forest in the 2010s, and may actually be their greatest performance ever. The Rams went into the game after failing to win their previous five league games. Despite this, the Rams were still favourites, though few could have predicted the margin of victory.

Derby got off to the perfect start, with Craig Bryson breaking into a packed penalty box to finish brilliantly past Karl Darlow. Forest actually got a foothold in the game after the goal, creating a few chances and putting the Derby defence under pressure, however with new arrival George Thorne making his league debut, Derby never looked in any danger of conceding.

Bryson doubled both his and Derby's tally mid way through the first half with an almost carbon copy of the first goal. Once again, his late run wasn't picked up by the Forest defence and he finished off Chris Martin's perfectly weighted lay off with ease.

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Just five minutes later, Derby made it three. A Forest corner was cleared by Jamie Ward at the edge of the box, falling to Patrick Bamford at the half way line. Both Forest defenders naively followed the ball, leaving Jeff Hendrick with an open run at goal. Forest supporting Bamford fed the ball through to Hendrick, who took his time and slotted the ball coolly through the legs of the despairing Darlow.

Forest somehow made it to the second half without conceding again, but just 10 minutes after half time Derby had made it four, and what a goal it was. Given time and space by the Forest midfield, Johnny Russell took aim and fired the ball into the top corner from 20 yards. The view from behind the goal brilliantly showed the swerve on the ball, starting off target before drifting into the top corner.

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Derby finished off "Deforestation" twenty minutes from the final whistle, with Bamford baiting Darlow into bringing him down inside the area. Craig Bryson stepped up for the penalty, converting it to become the first player since Steve Bloomer to score a hat trick in an East Midlands derby.

The 5-0 was a superb performance, with every player achieving a rating of at least an 8/10. Bryson deservedly received the plaudits, but every player did their bit to cause Forest's biggest humiliation since their infamous collapse to Yeovil Town in the 2007/2008 play off semi finals.

  • Honourable mentions

Honourable mentions must go to both of Derby's 1-0 wins in 2012 and 2016, with Jake Buxton and Marcus Olsson hitting the target to bring the Brian Clough Trophy to the black and white side of the East Midlands.

What is your favourite Derby win against Forest? Will the 5-0 ever be repeated? Will Derby beat Forest this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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