09 November 2019 18:42
Nottingham Forest 1 Derby County 0 Wayne Rooney's appearance on the Derby training ground last week is said to have lifted ailing spirits, but the benefits of having the former England captain as a practice partner did not help his new team-mates on the pitch as their poor away form continued. Derby contributed plenty to an energetic East Midlands derby but shot themselves in the foot when an individual error handed Forest the chance to take the points. Phillip Cocu's side are still without a win on the road since the opening day of the season. Jayden Bogle, the visitors' 19-year-old right-back, was the player looking for somewhere to hide amid the derby-day cauldron. As Derby went about their customary practice of playing out from the back, goalkeeper Kelle Roos rolled the ball to Curtis Davies.
He, in turn, relayed it along the flank to Bogle, who probably intended to ferry it sideways to Krystian Bielik. But he was too casual, with the result that Lewis Grabban was able to intercept its path and take full advantage of a free shot at goal, tucking the ball into the bottom corner. Grabban is currently unrivalled as a Championship goalscorer, with 80 goals at this level in six seasons, four more than any other player in that period. He was not likely to pass up such an inviting opportunity.