Lampard's Derby retain Brian Clough Trophy after tense stalemate in East Midlands derby

Derby County and Nottingham Forest settled for a goalless draw at Pride Park on Monday night.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard.
Derby County manager Frank Lampard.
Image: Mike Egerton

DERBY COUNTY MISSED a chance to close in on the Championship’s top two as they were held to a tense 0-0 home draw with neighbours Nottingham Forest.

Joe Lolley’s side-footed shot against the crossbar in the 82nd minute was the closest either team came to snatching victory in a typically hard-fought affair at Pride Park.

The final result does not hugely boost either of the promotion hopefuls, although a share of the spoils does lift Frank Lampard’s side back above Sheffield United and into fourth.

Forest, a point behind sixth-placed Middlesbrough, will feel they might have deserved more from midfielder Lolley’s fine curling effort and have now won just once in four outings.

Derby County v Nottingham Forest - Sky Bet Championship - Pride Park Ireland international Richard Keogh tackles Nottingham Forrest's Ben Osbourne. Source: EMPICS Sport

The Rams had appeared the more likely winners until that scare, with Harry Wilson’s sweet volley from a Jack Marriott cross earlier testing Costel Pantilimon.

Tom Lawrence also had penalty appeals turned down in the first half, while David Nugent threatened with a late header, but the teams cancelled each other out in the end.

The stalemate sees Derby retain the Brian Clough Trophy, which has been awarded after each meeting between the rivals since 2007.

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