Half-Time Report: Chris Cohen puts Nottingham Forest ahead

Chris Cohen puts Nottingham Forest ahead at half time in their Championship clash against Derby County.

Nottingham Forest have a 1-0 lead at half time in their Championship game against Derby County this lunchtime.

Nottingham Forest players celebrates Chris Cohen's opener against rivals Derby on January 19, 2013© PA Photos

Derby were the more attacking of the two sides from the start, Jamie Ward sending a shot just wide inside the opening 10 minutes.

Forest almost took a lead against the run of play in the 14th minute when Billy Sharp set up Simon Cox, who was denied by the crossbar.

The Rams continued to look the more likely to score of the two sides, until Chris Cohen found the back of the net for the visitors in the 31st minute, forcing a Sharp cross into the goal with his second attempt.

The hosts had a chance for an equaliser through an unusual source, as right-back John Brayford broke into the box to have a shot that was just wide of the post.

Conor Sammon and Ward teamed up on the edge of the Forest box just before half time, the latter sending a curling effort just wide in the final attacking play of the half.

Derby's Conor Sammon and Forest's Gonzalo Jara battle for the ball on January 19, 2013
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