For the first time since January 1990, Nottingham Forest recorded a third straight win against their arch-rivals Derby County.
Lewis Grabban’s opportunistic strike in the second half after a defensive howler from the Rams was the only goal on a tense afternoon by the Trent.
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It was a bright start from the hosts, who surged forward and into the Derby box, only for Joe Lolley to be thwarted by an offside flag as he looked to try and fashion a shot.
Derby were first to threaten, as Bogle surged forward played the ball into Martin, his back to goal and laid it off to Lawrence who fired at Brice Samba, forcing the Forest stopper into a smart save just five minutes in.
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The Rams’ quick start continued as Martin laid it off to Shinnie to drive low at Samba from the edge of the box, and Ryan Yates was then given a stern talking to by referee Darren England for a full-blooded tackle on Shinnie.
Forest came close 10 minutes in when Lolley’s corner ran through to Ben Watson on the penalty spot, and his shot struck a Rams shirt, with the referee waving away protests for a spot-kick.
Phillip Cocu was forced into an early change, after Matthew Clarke picked up a knock and was unable to continue, George Evans taking his place and Bielik dropping into the back four.
Forest were growing into the game after a quiet 25 minutes and it was Ameobi who stung the palms of Roos at his near post, gliding past Bogle from edge of the box.
The Derby right-back was the bestowed he honour of being the first name taken by Darren England after clattering into Tiago Silva, sending the Portuguese flying towards the River Trent on afternoon where he announced himself in English football with a delightful display in front of almost 30,000 on Trentside.
Ben Watson followed shortly after in a case of mistaken identity, as Yates blasted the ball against Lawrence after he was sent for a tumble.
We’d had 35 minutes at the City Ground before Samba was tested again, this time by Shinnie’s crafted effort from outside the box.
It was Ameobi again just before the break, testing Roos’ reflexes at his near post with a thunderous effort.
It looked like the most likely to score was Ameobi, who bent an arrowed effort over Roos bar and maybe, just maybe that rocked the Rams.
From the re-start, a sloppy pass back to Roos by Bogle was too short and Grabban latched onto it before powering his effort beyond the stricken Roos and into the bottom corner.
The City Ground erupted.
Cash surged forward before being upended by Bielik outside the box, and he picked up a yellow card for his troubles, before Forest almost went two in front.
Good work from Ameobi found Lolley in the box, his goalbound effort deflected off Grabban and went inches wide, with Roos rooted to the spot, by which time Ameobi had been replaced by Joao Carvalho.
Having been subjected to a torrent of abuse all afternoon, Tom Lawrence’s frustration boiled over 20 minutes from time, lunging in on Yuri Ribeiro, and getting booked for his troubles for a challenge would on another day, could have seen red.
In their desperation to try and get back into the game, Derby threw on ex-Red Jamie Paterson for Bogle in the 72 minute, and his work almost yielded an equaliser, but for a smart stop from Samba.
Derby should have equalised five minutes later when Jack Marriott spurned a glorious chance inside the six-yard box.
Both managers, in trying to effect the outcome in the closing stages introduced Albert Adomah, Brennan Johnson and Martyn Waghorn, but it was Forest who kept their play-off charge on track.