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Richard Keogh issues message on Nottingham Forest player that fans will appreciate



A tight and fiercely contested East Midlands derby finished 0-0 with Forest having goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon to thank.

Neither side dominated in the match, but Derby had the better of the chances. Pantilimon’s double save at the end of the first half ensured that the game was scoreless at half-time.

This was Derby’s seventh consecutive game without a win, which has seen them slide down the table and out of the automatic promotion places. However, this was their first clean sheet in this run and they had Tom Huddlestone sent off in the 81st minute, so they did well to hang on.

Forest had little to play for in this game aside from bragging rights due to being too far away to challenge for the play-offs while also being relatively safe from relegation.

Here’s what Keogh had to say in his interview with RamsTV: “I thought it was a good performance from our point of view and we had the better chances.”

“On another day we could have come away with all three points. Their goalkeeper made two great saves at the end of the first half and that probably highlighted the fine margins which aren’t going our way at the moment.”

The Verdict

Neither side will be completely happy with the result, but a draw was a fair result.

Keogh rightly pointed out the saves before the end of the first half as a key moment in the match. It was a smart way to show that his team had the better chances while also not blaming his side’s attackers.

Derby still have the bragging rights due to winning the reverse fixture 2-0, but Forest will see this as progress under Aitor Karanka.