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Forest boss Lamouchi pleased with 'birthday gift' of Derby win

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Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi was delighted with the perfect birthday gift as his team beat Derby County 1-0 at the City Ground.

Lewis Grabban capitalised on Jayden Bogle's mistake as he got the 56th-minute winner, to ensure Lamouchi was able to celebrate turning 48 today in style.

"Of course, it's a great gift," said Lamouchi. "It was an emotional game and for that reason, maybe the first half wasn't the best.

"The second half was much better. They made a big mistake and our striker, Grabbs, played a fantastic game one more time with great finishing, like killer finishing. That is what we wanted to see from him."

Lamouchi had to break off his interview briefly as his phone went off.

"Sorry, it is my birthday. Everybody wants to give me a gift," he joked. "Seriously, before the international break to play an important game like this, it's important to be compact, focused and committed.

"At the end, I think we deserved this victory."

Lamouchi insists Forest went for the win as they introduced Joao Carvalho, Albert Adomah and Brennan Johnson late on in pursuit of a second goal.

"The second half we played for the three points. After the goal we tried to score the second one," he said. "It was a fantastic game, a fantastic result and a fantastic day.

"We put on Joao (Carvalho), Albert (Adomah) and Brennan (Johnson), so I only put on offensive players to try and score another. I'm happy because we've made our fans happy and proud of our players, our performance.

"This is very important."

Forest now head into the international break with Lamouchi looking for improvement from his team, who are sat comfortably in the top six.

"We will enjoy our rest now with family. We want to enjoy the result and my birthday also. It's a great result, a great victory. The clean sheet is nice. When we play with this attitude and character, we can still play much better, but the second half, it was totally different to the first."

Opposing boss Phillip Cocu felt Derby deserved more than to leave the City Ground empty-handed, following a game in which Brice Samba had to produce a number of big saves, including a superb one to deny Tom Lawrence in the first half.

"In the big games, in many games but especially in games like this, a detail, a mistake, bad judgement or sometimes class can make the difference," Cocu said.

"Today, the mistake of Jayden cost us the result.

"That is tough because I think we played quite a good game.

"We had good presence and played good football over a large part of the game.

"We created a good few opportunities, and deserved more than a 1-0 loss."

Derby are still without an away win in the League since the opening fixture of the season against Huddersfield. The Rams last six away games have brought them only two points.

They also suffered a blow when central defender Matt Clarke limped off after only 15 minutes of the game with a knee problem, the seriousness of which is yet to be determined.

Cocu said: "It does not look good. Defensively we were strong, it is just a pity we lost Matt early on. We had to get Krystian Bielik from his midfield position, but I think we did well.

"We played good football, there was a great chance on goal for Tom Lawrence but their goalkeeper made the save. An individual mistake by Jayden, in the end, cost us the game.

"We tried everything to get the equaliser and we were close. We just didn't have the luck to score."

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Forest boss Lamouchi pleased with 'birthday gift' of Derby win

Result: Grabban hands Forest derby bragging rights over Rams

Lewis Grabban's second-half goal ensured Nottingham Forest beat arch-rivals Derby 1-0 at the City Ground.

Forest's top scorer won it in the 56th minute with his seventh goal of the season when he pounced on Jayden Bogle's error to beat Kelle Roos.

The hosts were the better side in the second half and deserved the win overall, although Jack Marriott should have earned a point for Derby when he scuffed a 76th-minute shot.

Derby started the brightest and could have taken the lead in the first 10 minutes when Bogle drove forwards from right-back and released Tom Lawrence, who was heavily booed with every touch.

Lawrence got his shot away but Brice Samba managed to get a strong hand to the ball to push it away to safety from 12 yards.

Derby suffered an early blow when central defender Matt Clarke limped off five minutes after going down with what appeared to be a knee injury.

Forest settled and tested Roos when Sammy Ameobi drove an effort at the Dutchman's near post.

Referee Darren England let plenty go with Bogle the first booked for clattering into Tiago Silva as the Forest fans demanded more.

England was also perhaps guilty of a case of mistaken identity when he booked Ben Watson after Ryan Yates had kicked the ball at an opponent after the whistle had gone.

Ameobi then had Forest's best effort of the first half when his stinging drive was pushed out by Roos in the final minute of the opening period.

Forest were much the brighter side immediately after the break and took the lead soon after Ameobi had drilled a yard over.

It came from Bogle's terrible error when his square ball was picked off by Grabban, who slotted past Roos first time from the edge of the box before the keeper could set himself.

The hosts might have gone further ahead when Ameobi saw two efforts blocked before Joe Lolley's left-footed effort was deflected wide.

Lawrence was perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch for his 70th-minute lunge on Oliveira Ribeiro, for which he was only booked.

Derby had rarely threatened in the second half but should have equalised when Marriott scuffed his effort from six yards with Samba able to dive on the ball.

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Mateusz Klich signs new Leeds deal to 2024

Poland midfielder Mateusz Klich has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with Leeds.

Klich has become a mainstay under Marcelo Bielsa, having looked to be on his way out of the club under former managers Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom.

Klich has made 75 appearances for Leeds, scoring 12 goals, and has started every league game under Bielsa since his appointment in the summer of 2018.

"He's gone on to become a really important player for us and I'm delighted that he's committed to spend the best years of his career with us," director of football Victor Orta said, ahead of Saturday's meeting with Blackburn.

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