Sep 14, 2014 at 1.15pm UK at ‚ÄčCity Ground
Nott'm ForestNottingham Forest
DerbyDerby County
Assombalonga (72')
Reid (38'), Osborn (47'), Lansbury (59'), Burke (80')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Best (80')
Eustace (7'), Buxton (57')
Buxton (87')

Steve McClaren praises "heroic" Derby County effort

Steve McClaren of Derby County gives out instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Queens Park Rangers on February 10, 2014
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Steve McClaren hails the "great character" shown by 10-man Derby County to take a point from their local derby with Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has hailed his "heroic" players for holding out to record a 1-1 draw against local rivals Nottingham Forest this afternoon.

Ryan Shotton cancelled out Britt Assombalonga's earlier strike with 10 minutes remaining at the City Ground, but County were left hanging on when Jake Buxton was dismissed three minutes from time.

Forest were unable to find a winner, however, meaning that the Rams claimed a valuable point from the East Midlands derby.

"It was totally absorbing," McClaren told Sky Sports News. "Not a classic in terms of football but for a local derby, that's never going to be with a lot at stake.

"Like I said at the beginning, you can't win unless you've got 11 players on the park. Once we equalised, I thought we'd go on to win it.

"Then we dropped to 10 men - the players were heroic at the end for a good 12-15 minutes. We had to adjust with 10 men and showed great character. It's a big point for us."

Next up for Derby is a home meeting with Blackburn Rovers in the Championship on Wednesday night.

Britt Assombalonga of Forest celebrates scoring to make it 1-0 dwith team mates and fans during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at the City Ground on September 14, 2014
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