Derby County 1-1 Nottingham Forest: Brennan Johnson earns late point for away side in East Midlands derby

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at Pride Park as Tom Lawrence scored early for the Rams, but Brennan Johnson earned a much-needed point for Chris Hughton and his side.

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Saturday 28 August 2021 15:26, UK

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Nottingham Forest earned Chris Hughton some respite and a first point of the season after fighting back to earn a late 1-1 draw at Derby.

Tom Lawrence’s fine early goal seemed to have the Rams on course to victory in the East Midlands clash, but Forest hit back in the 82nd minute through Brennan Johnson – extending their unbeaten run against their rivals to nine games.

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It was not enough to lift Forest out of the relegation zone, but it was a much-needed point for the beleaguered figure of Hughton, especially ahead of the international break.

Derby now haven’t beaten Forest since October 2017. And it will feel like an opportunity missed for Wayne Rooney and Co to pick up a precious win.

Forest earn first point of the season in East Midlands derby

Forest started brightly at Pride Park as they genuinely tried to have a go at Derby, but it was their adventurousness that cost them after 11 minutes as they got caught by a swift counter, with Craig Forsyth releasing captain Lawrence in behind with a lovely ball over the top, and the skipper finishing brilliantly inside the near post of Brice Samba.

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The goal may not have happened at all, though. Forsyth, the creator, could easily have been sent off six minutes earlier after a rash elbow on Philip Zinckernagel. But it wasn’t spotted by any of the officials.

Derby missed a glorious opportunity to seal the win on 74 minutes as Louie Sibley’s run and cross found substitute Jack Stretton six yards from goal. But somehow, via a touch off Scott McKenna, he steered his attempt wide.

And they would pay for that miss eight minutes later as Forest found an unlikely equaliser. Gaeten Bong, who was in part responsible for Derby’s opener, made up for it with a cross for Johnson on the far side of the area, who drove home low and hard under the squirming dive of Kelle Roos.

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A brilliant goal that would have been worthy of winning any derby, had his side managed to hold on after he went off. If he didn’t have to depart with injury, there’s every chance he would have been in position to turn in Jack Stretton’s chance that would have likely sealed the win for the Rams. If Derby are to avoid potential trouble this season, they’ll need more of this from Lawrence.

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Derby are back in action on Friday, September 10. They travel to Birmingham live on Sky Sports Football for an 8pm kick-off at St Andrew’s. Nottingham Forest host Cardiff two days later on the Sunday, in a 2.30pm kick-off.

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