Big match reaction

Both sides emerged with plenty of credit from a pulsating game, played in a good spirit in front of a full-house.

"Maybe it was about fair on the balance of play," was how Derby manager Nigel Clough saw the game, which Forest levelled after a predatory strike from Robert Earnshaw.

"I am pleased for Earnie," said Reds number two David Kelly, standing in for Billy Davies.

"He has worked really hard over the last few weeks."