The City Ground will soon see Sabri Lamouchi’s Reds lock horns with Phillip Cocu’s side, the Rams hoping to claim their first win on Trentside since 2012.
A number of Nottingham Forest and Derby County fans have taken to Twitter to comment on the news that their Carabao Cup second-round clash will not be televised.
Both sides triumphed in the first round and the draw for round two put the two East Midlands rivals together, with the Rams making the short trip across the A52 on Tuesday 27 August.
Despite the size of the tie, Sky Sports opted to instead select Newport County’s clash with West Ham United that same night, while Everton’s trip to Lincoln City the following evening will also be broadcast.
The news came as a surprise to both sets of fans, as well as some neutrals, who made their feelings known on social media:
Forest v derby?— reece (@reece12256632) 15 August 2019
Forest vs derby bigger then both these matches— Riley (@RileyNFFC_) 15 August 2019
Wheres forest vs derby— Harryhammond21 (@harryhammond21) 15 August 2019
Incredible decision. You’ve ignore a game (Forest v Derby) that is between two huge rivals, that will have big crowd and teams playing strongest sides.— Warren Allsworth (@warrenallsworth) 15 August 2019
Instead we go for two Premier League sides who will play reserves.
Whoever made this decision should be sacked!
But the biggest game that would get the most viewers hasn’t?— josh (@_smithy37) 15 August 2019
Rivalries > Underdog games— Matt (@Matt__NFFC) 15 August 2019
In case you forgot. pic.twitter.com/WnOhT8QyBQ— Thomas Moore (@thomasalfie04) 15 August 2019
Surprised they aren’t showing Forest vs Derby tbh considering they’re rivals and it’s a massive derby…— Sonny (@AFCSonny_) 15 August 2019
LOOOL how is our game chosen over Forest Derby— Harry Hesketh (@HashtagHarry__) 15 August 2019
Forest reached the second round after beating Fleetwood Town 1-0 at the City Ground, courtesy of Tiago Silva’s first goal for Sabri Lamouchi’s side, while Derby won at Scunthorpe United by the same scoreline, teenage debutant Lee Buchanan with the only goal at Glanford Park.
Derby have not won at the City Ground since 2012, when Craig Bryson’s second-half strike proved the difference as the Rams ran out 1-0 winners, and are winless in their last three matches against the Trickies.