Date: 20th March 2017 at 8:54am
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Derby County manager Gary Rowett has revealed why Darren Bent and Cyrus Christie were left out of last weekend’s match against Nottingham Forest, reports The Derby Telegraph.

Darren Bent – who is usually the first choice striker – was not in the match day squad and Cyrus Christie had to settle for a place on the bench as Derby drew 2-2 with rivals Nottingham Forest in the East Midlands derby.

It was Gary Rowett’s first game in charge of Derby County since taking over from Steve McClaren, whilst Forest were overseen by Mark Warburton for the first time with the former Brentford and Rangers boss being unveiled in the week.

After Zach Clough gave Forest an early lead at the City Ground, Derby turned it around to lead 2-1, courtesy of goals from Matej Vydra and Dave Nugent early in the second half.

However, they were pegged back by Dani Pinillos’ injury time header.

Rowett explained that Bent withdrew from the squad on Friday due to illness, whereas Cyrus Christie had not trained all week due to a foot injury so Chris Baird was preferred at right back.

Derby fans – what did you make of Rowett’s first game? Will you be better when Bent and Christie return? Let us know in the comments below…