Clough helps Forest earn much-needed point against arch rivals Derby County
Monday 20th March 2017 @ 16:01 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Former Audenshaw School football star Zach Clough helped Nottingham Forest claim a much-needed point against Derby County in a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Clough gave Forest the lead in the fifth minute after capitalising on a goalkeeping mistake and prodding home from close range, but the visitors responded well and took a 2-1 lead in the early stages of the second-half.

However, with practically the last touch of the game, Daniel Pinillos scored a 94th-minute equaliser to earn new manager Mark Warburton his first point in charge.

Following the game, Clough said it was a great feeling to score the goal, while adding: “I haven’t had many moments like that before. I can remember one time on my debut at Bolton but that is something special for me and my family and it is something I will remember for the rest of my life.

“Dani Pinillos was looking for Britt and Britt made the run across the front. Luckily it came to me; I made the late run into the box, saw the keeper coming towards me and it was an easy finish really.

“I think it is hard for defenders to pick up the late runners from midfield and that is what I like doing. I have scored a lot of goals doing that and that is something I see myself doing a lot.

“Walking out before the game I had goosebumps; the stadium was full more or less and the fans were great all the way through. It was a great experience.”

The result, which attracted 26,000 fans to the City Ground, leaves Forest in 20th spot and one point above the relegation zone.

The club return to SkyBet Championship action this weekend at playoff outsiders Preston North End.