Derby County will look to retain the Brian Clough Trophy and return to winning ways when they take on Nottingham Forest in the East Midlands Derby on Monday evening, kick-off: 7.45pm.
Frank Lampard’s side will look to bounce back from their first league defeat in five matches against Millwall when they take on their local rivals. Here, dcfc.co.uk has gathered all the information you will need ahead of the clash with Martin O’Neill’s side.
Mason Mount will not be ready for the East Midlands Derby at the City Ground as he continues to recover from a muscle injury.
Tom Lawrence is also a doubt for the Monday evening clash while Scott Carson is in contention for a return from injury.
WHAT THE BOSS HAD TO SAY…
Speaking to RamsTV, Lampard Said: "What will make or break us going forward is how many games we win.
"There are 14 games and if we can put together enough of a run then it will be in our hands, if we can’t then it will be very difficult.
"We can’t look elsewhere, we start with ourselves and we start Monday night."
He added: “When you play for a club you need to hold it dear, feel what the fans think, to want success for the club itself and it needs to mean more than to be just a workplace.
"As a football player you need to feel that and use it as motivation. "
HOW TO SECURE YOUR SEAT…
Tickets for the trip to the City Ground have now sold out.
Derby were allocated 2,000 tickets for the game however, they were snapped up within days and Frank Lampard’s side will be supported by a sell-out away section.
The Derby County Ticket Office is running a waiting list should they have any tickets returned.
Away Members and Season Ticket Holders (that have attended six or more away games this season) that wish to be added to the waiting list should email [email protected] or call 0871 472 1884 (option 1) *.
* Calls cost 13p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.
THE LAST MEETING…
Derby County 0-0 Nottingham Forest
Monday 17th December 2018
In a physical East Midlands Derby, neither side could break the deadlock and settled for a point each.
Derby had a shout for a penalty when Tom Lawrence was taken down in the box by Tendayi Darikwa after taking a touch and trying to move past his man in the area. However, referee Keith Stroud waved off the appeal.
Joe Lolley went close for the visitors late on when his curling effort hit the bar after Harry Wilson had a volley attempt saved from inside the area.
Derby County: Carson, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone, Bryson, Huddlestone, Mount (Holmes, 85), Wilson, Marriott, Lawrence (Nugent, 74)
Unused Subs: Wisdom, Jozefzoon, Pearce, Evans, Roos
Nottingham Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Hefele, Robinson, Janko, Yacob, Colback, Lolley (Cash, 90+2), Antunes Carvalho, Grabban (Murphy, 83)
Unused Subs: Guedioura, Watson, Steele, Bastiao Dias, Ansarifard
WHO’S THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE…
Robert Jones will be the man in the middle at the City Ground on Monday evening. In 29 fixtures that he has refereed this season, Jones has dished out 94 yellow cards and three straight red.
He has officiated in three matches involving the Rams so far this season, their dramatic season opener victory against Reading, a 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthornes and the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough at Pride Park Stadium.
Jones will be assisted by Shaun Hudson and Graham Kane on the lines, whilst Andrew Madley has been appointed as the fourth official.
HOW TO FOLLOW THE ACTION…
RamsTV’s build-up to the game includes exclusive interviews with Derby manager Frank Lampard and recent signing Ashley Cole, as well as a full Preview Show looking ahead to the game at the City Ground.
As usual, RamsTV’s pre-match content is available to watch for FREE across dcfc.co.uk, the official DCFC app and via Derby County’s official YouTube channel.
Owen Bradley will then be joined LIVE in the RamsTV studio by Shaun Barker and Marc Edworthy from 7.15pm on Monday night for a full 30-minute build-up show ahead of the game; featuring match clips, interviews, stats and lively discussion.
As this fixture has been selected for live international TV coverage and due to international broadcasting rights, RamsTV will only be able to broadcast the match live in select countries, although a live audio stream of the game will be available. Please click here for more information.