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Nott'm Forest 1-3 Derby

Lewin Nyatanga
Nyatanga was only playing because of an injury to Miles Addison

Derby County eased their relegation fears with a convincing victory over struggling rivals Nottingham Forest.

Lewin Nyatanga put the Rams ahead with a close-range volley when Forest failed to clear a Kris Commons free-kick.

The visitors made it 2-0 when Rob Hulse headed in Robbie Savage's free-kick and Steve Davies added a third from the spot after James Perch pushed Hulse.

Rob Earnshaw pulled a goal back with a header from Garath McCleary's cross but Derby were good value for their win.

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"Individual errors cost us dearly. We were outmuscled and outfought in too many departments. Derby deserved their victory - there is no argument at all.

"We are having to run with what we've got which is clearly not good enough and we have to continue grinding away until the end of the season, keep looking at the loan market, and sort a number of things out in the summer.

"We have games coming up against lesser teams and there are plenty of games but with regards to the big boys, the big spenders, the big squads we are not ready to compete with them yet.

"I am still very confident that we will get the results and points that will make us safe this season but everyone knows that we need to bring in players."

Derby County manager Nigel Clough:

"We've achieved nothing yet.

"When we get the points we need to be safe in this division we will start saying that we have got somewhere but there is a lot of hard work to be done before we can relax.

"Having said that, I was very pleased with the way we performed against Forest, particularly for the first 20 minutes in each half.

"We were very impressive and silenced the crowd, which was something we set out to do. We've also bounced back with two wins in the week and scored seven goals in the process - and that's very pleasing."

Nottm Forest: Smith, Chambers (McCleary 64), Morgan, Breckin, Heath, Anderson (Newbold 81), Perch, McGugan, Cohen, Earnshaw, Tyson.
Subs Not Used: Gamble, Wilson, Thornhill.

Booked: Chambers, Perch.

Goals: Earnshaw 87.

Derby: Bywater, Connolly, Nyatanga (Todd 64), Albrechtsen, McEveley, Barazite (Sterjovski 16), Green, Savage, Davies, Hulse (Villa 68), Commons.
Subs Not Used: Carroll, Ellington.

Goals: Nyatanga 5, Hulse 47, Davies 67 pen.

Att: 29,140.

Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

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