Three Nottingham Forest players with a point to prove against Derby County

A look a five Nottingham Forest players with a point to prove against Derby County this weekend.

Nottingham Forest take on Derby County this weekend in an eagerly anticipated clash between two rivals clubs.

With Forest flying high at the top of the Championship, fans are buoyant about their chances, desperate to make up for a 5-0 defeat to the Rams at the end of last season.

New manager and club legend Stuart Pearce is in charge now, keen to register his first win over County as a boss, and there will be a number of players keen to make an impact too, but few who featured in the defeat.

There has been a big playing staff turnover with Pearce putting his own stamp on the squad, helping turn around the side into the table-toppers they currently are, while a number of key men missed the defeat to the Rams through injury, contributing to the lop-sided scoreline.

Here are three players with a particular point to prove...

Karl Darlow

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow will not have happy memories of the last encounter, picking the ball out of his own net with regularity, and giving away a penalty in the process. He has conceded less goals (3) in five games this season than he did in this one encounter last time out, and he will be desperate to avoid a repeat. With a more solid backline in front of him, there is reason to suggest Forest will have better fortune, which is all the more reason to ensure he is not the weak link.

Michail Antonio

Championship player of the month nominee Michail Antonio? Why is he in this list? Well it's quite simple, after a phenomenal start since his switch from Sheffield Wednesday, questions will go ask if he goes missing in this fixture. With three goals and three assists in his opening five games, he will be expected to step up the plate and prove himself as a big game performer.

Jamaal Lascelles

Lascelles is no guarantee to start, featuring off the bench in the win over the Owls a fortnight ago. He was however a starter at the iPro last season, in what will have been his most disappointing performance as a professional. The 20-year-old experienced a tough lesson that day, and any minutes he gets towards the end of the match as a substitute, he will be determined to make count.

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