Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby County: Nelson Oliveira’s strike hands Dougie Freedman’s Reds a much-needed win

first_img Nelson Oliveira wheels away after opening the scoring for Nottingham Forest Nelson Oliveira’s early strike eased the pressure on Dougie Freedman, when Nottingham Forest were deserving 1-0 winners at home to rivals Derby County on Friday.The form guide suggested Paul Clement’s Rams would ease to a victory on the back of a ten-game unbeaten run which has seen them go to fifth in the Championship.Meanwhile, Freedman’s side have not won in their last eight and the 41-year-old’s position has come under scrutiny.But, in derbies the form book goes out of the window and those Forest fears were soon eased as the Reds took a five-minute lead, when Oliveira’s 18-yard effort beat Scott Carson.Jamie Ward nearly added a second against his former club, while Dorus De Vries made some good stops at the other end, as Forest saw out a valuable three points.Nottingham Midfielders Henri Lansbury and David Vaughan returned for the home side after serving suspensions, while Derby’s George Thorne was also back from a ban and Tom Ince returned from injury to take a place on the bench.Oliveira went close early on as he dragged a shot past the post before finding an opening after five minutes to give the hosts a dream start to the East Midlands clash.After receiving the ball on the edge of the box, the Portuguese forward had his initial shot blocked. He was then patient before shifting the ball onto his left foot, shooting on the turn to send a low shot past Carson.Ward nearly doubled the hosts’ lead some seven minutes later when Carson pulled off a superb fingertip save, as Derby could not settle and show why they are one of the division’s form sides.Rams forward Jeff Hendrick soon went close as his curling effort hit the upright and Forest had a goal disallowed before the half-hour mark, when Matt Mills headed home from a corner, but referee Simon Hooper saw some pushing in the penalty area.Dutch goalkeeper De Vries made a good stop at the other end to keep out County’s Johnny Russell and the Forest shot-stopper had his angles covered when he watched Bradley Johnson’s shot sail over the bar.Derby tried to get back into the game by bringing Ince on to face former club Forest, where he had a two-month loan spell in 2014, before introducing former Premier League striker Darren Bent with ten minutes left on the clock.Young Reds midfielder Ben Osborn did well to create a chance on the wing, making a dangerous run to the byline before pulling the ball back and there was nobody in the box to convert his pass.An exciting finale saw Carson get down well to block Ryan Mendes’s shot, while Bent went close with a header at the opposite end, but Freedman could breathe a sigh of relief as Forest were victorious at the City Ground. 1last_img read more

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