Nottingham Forest 2-1 Derby County: Reds win ugly East Midlands derby
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Nottingham Forest have reclaimed the Brian Clough Trophy following a 2-1 victory over Derby County in a feisty East Midlands derby at the City Ground.

Lewis Grabban and Brennan Johnson scored in the second half before a late penalty by Tom Lawrence ensured a nervy finish.

The match was marred by bookings for Reds goalkeeper Brice Samba and Lawrence as well as a straight red card for Ravel Morrison.

Forest are eighth in the EFL Championship table, two points off a play-off spot while Derby remain second from bottom on just 14 points.

Story of the match

The Rams had the opening shot of the match came in the ninth minute as Max Bird fired over the crossbar.

After a quarter of an hour, the visitors had a clear-cut chance to take the lead, a neat one-two seeing Colin Kazim-Richards releasing Tom Lawrence, the Derby captain shooting wide.

Ryan Allsop was then called into action as he punched away James Garner's flag kick and parried a Ryan Yates shot wide for a corner.

Five minutes before halftime, Jack Colback lofted a pass down the center that found Keinan Davis, but Allsop was quick to come out and clear.

In the 48th minute, Nottingham Forest took the lead. Garner sent in a free-kick, Steve Cook saw his shot blocked and the ball came to Grabban, who finished from close range.

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It was nearly two as Garner intercepted deep in Derby territory, the ball falling for Davis, who saw his chance saved by the foot of Allsop.

Substitutes combined for the visitors' next opportunity as Luke Plange fed Morrison, but his closed range shot was blocked and rolled out for a corner.

On 70 minutes, Allsop was nearly stranded as he came out of his goal, Grabban attempting a chip shot, but it drifted harmlessly wide.

The lead was doubled eight minutes from time  as Johnson released Philip Zinckernagel and the Dane cut the ball back for Johnson to slide home.

Derby won a penalty after Cook fouled Lawrence and he stepped up to the spot, beating Samba in the bottom corner to cut the deficit in half.

Samba and Lawrence were booked in the aftermath and Morrison was shown a straight red card for a poor challenge on Zinckernagel deep into stoppage time.

Man of the match: James Garner

The Manchester United loaner was brilliant, tracking back on defence whilst showing off his full passing skills as he was seemingly everywhere on the pitch.

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