Derby County 1-1 Nottingham Forest: Wayne Rooney’s side denied three points by Brennan Johnson’s strike eight minutes before time as rivals have to settle for stalemate
- Rivals Derby and Nottingham Forest had to settle for some of the points
- Tom Lawrence’s volley in the 11th minute gave Wayne Rooney’s side the lead
- Brennan Johnson secured a point for Forest with a volley in the 82nd minute
Brennan Johnson’s late equalizing goal saved Nottingham Forest from a fifth consecutive defeat in the league to ease the pressure on besieged manager Chris Hughton.
Forest’s dismal start to the campaign has raised questions about Hughton’s future, especially as his predecessor Sabri Lamouchi was sacked after defeats in the first four games of last season.
This stalemate offers some relief to the manager, however, as a point means Wayne Rooney’s Derby is unbeaten in their last three league games.
Nottingham Forest scored a point in Pride Park thanks to a late attack from Brennan Johnson
Nottingham-born Johnson took advantage of one of the few scoring opportunities to overturn Tom Lawrence’s opening goal in the first half and earn his side the first point of the season.
The 20-year-old striker’s 82nd minute came when a cross from the left fell on him unmarked, and he calmly slid past Kelle Roos in the Derby net to lift Forest above scoreless Sheffield United at the foot of the table.
Previously, Lawrence opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he leaped onto Craig Forsyth’s lofted door-ball and held Gaetan Bong at bay before hitting his half volley from the edge of the box.
Tom Lawrence put Derby in the lead after just 11 minutes with a great attack on Pride Park
MATCH FACTS AND REVIEWS
Derby County (4-2-3-1): Kelle Roos (GK) 7, Nathan Byrne 5, Phil Jagielka 6, Curtis Davies 6, Craig Forsyth 5, Max Bird 7, Graeme Shinnie 6, Kamil Jozwiak 7 (Buchanan ’81 – 5), Ravel Morrison 7, Louie Sibley 7, Tom Lawrence 7 (Stretton ’67 – 6)
Scorers: Laurens (11)
Booked: Jozwiak, Morrison, Bryne, Sibley
Nottingham Forest (4-2-3-1) Brice Samba 6, Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel 6, Joe Worrall 6, Scott McKenna 5, Gaetan Bong 6, James Garner 5, Ryan Yates 5 (Grabban ’69 – 5), Philip Zinkernagel 5, Joao Carvalho 5 (Mighten ’45 – 5), Brennan Johnson 7, Lyle Taylor 6
Scorers: Johnson (82)
It set a dominant tone for the Rams, who were barely called into defensive action in the first half but failed to capitalize on guilt.
The interplay on the edge of the penalty area between Lawrence and Ravel Morrison could have led to a second ahead of the home side in the 29th minute, and Lawrence was stopped again five minutes into the second half when Kamil Jozwiak knocked him out to the left of the penalty area, only to cutting inside and punching a shot through bodies that warded off Samba.
Rooney reacted furiously when a late claim for a penalty was dismissed, marking the third denial after Louie Sibley was muscled to the ground while going through goal and a first-half handball appeal was rejected.
Chris Hughton will be a relieved man after his side managed to grab a draw on Saturday
Ravel Morrison put in a solid shift in the middle of the park but Derby was held to a 1-1 draw
With 15 minutes to go, Derby lost their best chance of the second half when Jack Stretton’s attempt at goal from a point blank range was bounced off wide, before a great clawing save from Roos kept Derby’s lead as Lewis Grabban cleverly driven cross on goal.
He was unable to muster any further exploits as the match nearly came to an end, however. Johnson’s hammered finish defeated the Derby stopper’s defense and caused a pandemonium from the away supporters after he missed a right footed shot from the same spot after the break.
Wayne Rooney will be disappointed after his side led more than 70 minutes on Saturday