Derby left-back Marcus Olsson scored the only goal of the game after 79 minutes, leaving Forest with little time to conjure up an equaliser in what was a feisty afternoon in the East Midlands.
Despite not playing to their maximum, the Rams deserved the three points on their second-half showing alone while Forest will head back across Brian Clough way knowing they were poor.
Too many players let their emotions get the better of them, trying to put too much emphasis on aggression and endeavour and little on actual quality especially in the final third.
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As shown by the table provided by Opta, one of the main culprits for Forest’s poor attacking display was winger Ben Osborn who simply couldn’t get going at all.
The Forest youngster scored a 90th minute winner when the two sides met at the iPro last season. His impact that day, however, was in quite contrast to what he served up on Saturday afternoon.
Osborn failed to post anything of note in terms of shots on target, key passes or successful take-ons while in possession he was often hurried and wasteful, completing just 22 accurate passes.
But arguably the most disappointing aspect about Osborn’s game was the fact he was up against a makeshift right-back in Jamie Hanson, the Derby youngster controversially selected ahead of Cyrus Christie.
Hanson isn’t quick and can be left flat-footed, yet he was rarely tested and in the end enjoyed a fairly comfortable afternoon as Derby sealed a narrow victory to consolidate their place in the playoffs.