Chris Martin rescued a dramatic late point for Derby as they held Nottingham Forest to a 1-1 draw in the East Midlands derby at Pride Park.
Joe Lolley struck the opener after 12 minutes with a 25-yard shot past Rams goalkeeper Ben Hamer and the visitors came close to a second as Tiago Silva struck the post late on
In second-half stoppage-time, Derby were reduced to 10 men when substitute Martyn Waghorn was shown a straight red card after a studs-up lunge on Ryan Yates, but Martin then salvaged the most unlikely of points deep into stoppage-time.
Sabri Lamouchi’s men miss the chance to leapfrog Brentford into third in the standings as a result, with Derby now level on points with sixth-placed Cardiff ahead of Saturday afternoon’s action.
How Forest took the derby spoils once again
In a departure from their usual compact approach, Forest started on the front foot at Pride Park and were rewarded for doing so before Derby had managed to impose themselves on the game.
A Ben Watson pass was collected by Lolley and, after he managed to advance unchallenged, he dug out a shot from 25 yards, which took a slight deflection before beating Hamer and crossing the line via the far post.
The Rams took control of proceedings but should have done better when Craig Forsyth’s low cross was clumsily parried by Forest stopper Brice Samba, moments after Chris Martin had headed high over the crossbar.
Much of the game was played at a pedestrian pace after the break, with the visitors camped in their own half. But despite controlling the possession as a result, Phillip Cocu’s side failed to capitalise on their dominance and could have been further behind were it not for two spurned chances from Lewis Grabban and Silva’s strike off the woodwork.
The game looked to have escaped from their grasp completely when Waghorn was dismissed, but though Chris Martin’s header was hooked off the line minutes later, the goal decision system quickly intervened to award the goal and earn Derby a point.
Nottingham Forest host Fulham on Tuesday July 7, in a game live on Sky Sports Football at 5pm, while Derby travel to The Hawthorns the following evening to face West Brom, also live on Sky Sports Football at 5pm.