Derby County forward Johnny Russell had a real stinker against Forest, fans agree

Derby County were defeated 1-0 by rivals Nottingham Forest on Friday.

Derby County winger Johnny Russell put in a truly ineffective performance as his side crashed to a 1-0 defeat at East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest.

The Rams headed into their clash at Forest boasting an impressive 10-game unbeaten run and six victories in their previous seven Championship encounters.

Goals have been one of Derby’s strong points and with attacking trio Chris Martin, Andreas Weimann and Russell leading the line on Friday, many expected them to be too strong for the hosts.

However, an early Nelson Oliveira goal settled Forest and Derby found no way back into the match, largely as a result of some superb defending and a hugely disappointing lack of quality from the visitors.

  ShotsTake-onsTouchesAccurate PassesPass Success %DispossessedBall RecoveriesMins Played
Johnny Russell 1 3 46 17 65.4% 3 0 73

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Russell was a real standout in that regard, as creativity and end product fell drastically short of the superb work-rate and effort he always puts in.

The former Dundee United man was guilty of constantly giving the ball away, either by being tackled or gifting Forest possession with some wayward, and often shocking passes.

His decision-making was poor all night, illustrated by the fact he managed just 17 accurate passes from 46 touches and an overall pass success rate of just 65.4% - the lowest from any outfield player.

Russell provides plenty of width, pace, energy and effort for the Rams but it clearly wasn’t his night and his substitution on 73 minutes was arguably a good 15-20 minutes too late.

Writing on Twitter during and after the game, Derby supporters were extremely frustrated and disappointed with their side’s lack of quality, with Russell name-checked as one of their biggest culprits on the night.

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