Nottingham Forest defender Jack Hobbs hints at why now is the best time to face Derby County, despite contrasting form

The Forest centre-back is hopeful form will not play a part in a derby fixture.

Nottingham Forest's poor form continued last night with a 1-0 loss at Preston North End. It was yet another stilted performance that has now increased the pressure on manager Dougie Freedman.

The club are struggling to find the back of the net in the Championship at the moment and it seems that all any team needs to do against Freedman's side at the moment is hit the back of the net once to score.

Now they face a daunting task in the East Midlands derby on Friday night. Forest welcome Derby County to the City Ground in the Friday evening fixture with the teams in contrasting form. Forest have not won in their last eight games whilst Derby beat QPR last night to go to three wins on the bounce and they are unbeaten in 12.

But Forest defender Jack Hobbs says that this is the perfect time to face Derby, as form goes out of the window.

He is quoted by BBC Nottingham Sport as stating:

"It is difficult, but you have to keep your head up and not sulk. We have to keep plugging away.

"Friday we have a huge derby and form goes out the window."

Forest better hope that form goes out of the window. With Derby flying it is likely that a defeat would follow if the game goes with the formbook at the City Ground on Friday night.

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