Nottingham Forest hero Britt Assombalonga admits playing through the pain in Derby County triumph

Assombalonga, Antonio and Le Fondre

The striker had been nursing a hip injury from the fixture with Sheffield Wednesday.

Yesterday saw Nottingham Forest pick up perhaps their biggest win of the season, as they beat local rivals Derby County at the iPro Stadium.

One of the heroes for Forest was striker Britt Assombalonga. The summer signing from Peterborough scored the equaliser for Forest in the 75th minute, with Ben Osborn winning the game in the 90th minute with a powerful strike.

Assombalonga's achievement however is all the more impressive, considering he was playing through the pain. Speaking to the official Nottingham Forest website, the striker admitted playing through the pain to help Forest to victory:

“I was a big, big doubt. It was hurting a lot, but I made it through, got my goal and we won, so we’ll forget about that. I really wanted to play in this game, I didn’t want to miss it.”

The Forest striker had injured his hip in a recent game with Sheffield Wednesday and was described by the Nottingham Post as 'hopeful' for the East Midlands derby earlier in the week.

For Forest it was a vital win. Stuart Pearce had come under pressure after four defeats on the bounce and eight games without a win, stretching back to the end of November.

But they are now 12th in the league and still hold on to hope of making the play-off places this season.

If Assombalonga can continue giving his body to add to his 14 league goals this season, they might just have a chance.

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