Ex-Derby striker posts controversial tweet in support of Forest ahead of big clash

Former Derby County striker Patrick Bamford has wound up Rams fans this morning by tweeting his support of rivals Nottingham Forest.

Nottingham Forest and Derby County renew their rivalry in today's East Midlands derby, with Forest looking to build on an impressive start to the season which has seen new manager Stuart Pearce guide them to top spot with 13 points from just five games.

Derby are looking to bounce back from defeat to QPR in last season's Championship playoff final, and have made a decent start with eight points from five games, which currently has them in 12th place in the table - but a win over their biggest rivals today could really give the Rams confidence.

Emotions will be running high at the City Ground today when the two teams meet, and Derby fans have already been wound up once this morning by one of their own former players.

Striker Patrick Bamford spent the second half of last season on loan at Derby from Chelsea, where he impressed with eight goals in 21 games before returning to Stamford Bridge. Now on loan with Middlesbrough, Bamford would be expected to be backing Derby today given his spell with them last season - but he's gone the other way.

Bamford joined Nottingham Forest's setup as an eight-year-old in 2001 and stayed until his 2012 move to Chelsea having impressed at Forest.

Now, he's admitted to having been a Forest fan from birth after posting a picture of himself with former skipper Chris Bart-Williams, saying that supporting the club was 'in his blood'.

After his spell at Pride Park, the tweet naturally riled Derby fans ahead of this afternoon's clash -  and the rivalry between the two sets of fans has already started as kick off draws ever closer.

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