Dougie Freedman reminisces about his first East Midlands derby and celebrating with Pierre van Hooijdonk

The Scot will hope to lead Forest to victory this evening.

Nottingham Forest take on Derby County in the East Midlands derby this evening in a game which Forest are desperate to win.

Manager Dougie Freedman is under the cosh at the moment as the club are currently on a poor streak in the Championship. Derby on the other hand have clicked under Paul Clement and go into the game as favourites despite being on the road.

Freedman is of course a former Forest player and played in a few of these himself. He has been speaking to BBC Nottingham Sport this week about his first ever East Midlands derby. He scored in the 1998 draw with Derby, the game ending 2-2 in the Premier League. It was a game that was notable for the return of controversial striker Pierre van Hooijdonk - who also scored.

It was his third game back for the club after angering team-mates and fans with his refusal to play for the club.

Freedman however was unaware of the animosity in the camp to the player, having only joined the club in August.

He had this to say to the BBC about that game:

"The atmosphere was building up well before the game. The feeling around the place at the time.

"I can remember scoring a goal. I can remember the same game Pierre van Hooijdonk scored as well and nobody else celebrated with him. I couldn't quite work out at that particular time why not because I was new to the club but I soon got told 'don't do that again'.

"It was a good game and at the time Derby were a good side so I've got fond memories. Hopefully we can go one better and win the game."

The way things are going a draw would be a decent result for Forest this evening, but the prospect of them scoring two goals seems far-fetched.

They have not scored more than one goal in ten games, since their last win against QPR in September.

Hopefully the Forest attackers can find their shooting boots in time for this evening.

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