Henri Lansbury comments on Nottingham Forest and Derby County rivalry

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Henri Lansbury hailed the Derby County and Nottingham Forest rivalry as massive and warned ‘if you don’t kick someone, they’ll be on to you’

Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury has hailed the grudge match between his club and Derby County as a 'massive' rivalry and emphasised the physical battle that comes with it.

Last Saturday, Derby and Forest went head-to-head for the 95th time in all competitions and it was a game that certainly wouldn’t have disappointed the neutrals. While the events after the game would have left a sour taste in anybody’s mouth, it just goes to show how fiercely contested this game is in the East Midlands.

Talking to the Independent, reflecting on the game on Saturday, Lansbury was asked what he thought of the rivalry and how it compares to the other derby matches he has played in.

‘’Forest and Derby is a massive derby,’’ said Lansbury. ‘’The fans, home and away, are crazy, and the atmosphere is unbelievable.

‘’The game goes at a hundred miles per hour, and if you don’t kick someone, they’ll be on to you. It’s really physical – someone always ends up getting sent off. For me, though, I get on alright with the referees.’’

Despite both sides combining to put in 49 tackles in the match on Saturday, the two teams finished with all 11 men – a rarity for a game between these two sides. In fact, In the last nine matches between the two, including the game last Saturday, there have been six red cards with no two coming in the same game.

Although the 2-1 win for Forest was huge, both teams will now be more focused on climbing up the league table and winning promotion.

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