Craig Bryson scored three as Derby secured a record-equalling biggest win over rivals Nottingham Forest to revive his team's automatic promotion hopes.

The Rams had not scored in four matches but led when Bryson bundled a shot in after a scramble.

He doubled the lead when he finished from Chris Martin's lay-off before Jeff Hendrick finished a counter-attack to make it three.

Best win since Bloomer

Derby legend Steve Bloomer scored a hat-trick in his team's 5-0 win over Forest in 1898. There is a statue of the England striker, who died at the age of 64 in 1938, by the dug-outs at the iPro Stadium.

Johnny Russell drove in a fourth before Bryson scored a penalty.

Bryson's hat-trick was a first for a Derby player in this fixture since Steve Bloomer's treble in a victory by the same scoreline in 1898.

While the Rams have not given up hope of catching second-placed Burnley, the play-off hopes of Billy Davies' Nottingham Forest have been hit by a miserable run that has now seen them fail to win in seven league matches.

Steve McClaren's Derby had fallen away from the top two by failing to score in a winless run of four games but they took the lead after five minutes when Bryson's shot flew in off Danny Collins.

Radoslaw Majewski had a curling shot held by Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant as the visitors began to control possession but they found themselves two behind when Bryson finished from Martin's pass.

Eight minutes before the break, the Rams made it three when they broke quickly from a Forest corner and Patrick Bamford played through for Hendrick to shoot under goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

Substitute Russell thumped in the fourth from just outside the area after a heavy spell of pressure.

Darlow pushed away a flick from Martin but then gave away a penalty for a clip on Bamford to allow midfielder Bryson to convert from the spot for his 15th league goal of the season.

Derby head coach Steve McClaren:

"We knew if we kept doing the right things the end product would come and there's no better day to do it than today in front of 33,000 fans.

"I think this win is for the Derby fans.

"We got Nottingham Forest at a good time with all the injuries but I think this is the best win and probably the most satisfying purely because we kind of controlled the whole game."

Nottingham Forest assistant manager David Kelly:

"Huge credit to Steve and his group, they thoroughly deserved the victory but we were disappointed in how we defended.

"It was a disappointing catalogue of goals we gave away and what we were working on during the week was disappointing in how it was executed on the day.

"It's a huge, huge game in the season and we're disappointed we've let the fans down. We only had a fit group of 18 we brought today but that's not an excuse, it's just the facts of what's going on."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 34 Thorne Booked
  • 06 Keogh
  • 25 Buxton
  • 08 Hendrick
  • 04 Bryson (Hughes - 85' )
  • 09 Martin (Sammon - 82' )
  • 35 Bamford
  • 10 Ward (Russell - 39' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Russell
  • 12 Naylor
  • 18 Sammon
  • 19 Hughes
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 27 Whitbread
  • 30 Bailey

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 18 Jara
  • 13 Fox Booked
  • 14 Greening
  • 16 Lascelles Booked
  • 05 Collins
  • 12 Mackie
  • 06 Moussi (Henderson - 45' )
  • 31 Cox Booked (Derbyshire - 79' )
  • 28 Majewski
  • 21 Paterson (Halford - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Harding
  • 09 Henderson
  • 15 Halford
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 29 de Vries
  • 32 Gomis
  • 38 Osborn
Ref: Michael Naylor
Att: 33,004

Match Stats

Shots

19 10

On target

8 1

Corners

4 5

Fouls

11 21

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Derby County 5, Nottingham Forest 0.

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Derby County 5, Nottingham Forest 0.

90:00 +2:31

Attempt missed. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

90:00 +0:58

Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Greg Halford.

87:57

Attempt missed. Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Fox with a cross following a set piece situation.

87:32

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:32

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

87:04

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:04

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

84:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Will Hughes replaces Craig Bryson.

84:19 Booking

Booking Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:15

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

84:15

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:54

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

82:54

Patrick Bamford (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:50

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:50

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

81:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Chris Martin.

79:39

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

79:39

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:20

Attempt saved. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.

78:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Simon Cox.

76:34

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Martin.

73:49

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

73:49

George Thorne (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:44

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jonathan Greening.

72:28 Booking

Booking Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:11

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

72:11

Patrick Bamford (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:07

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

70:25

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

70:25

Patrick Bamford (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 5, Nottingham Forest 0. Craig Bryson (Derby County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

67:55

Penalty conceded by Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest) after a foul in the penalty area.

67:55

Penalty Derby County. Patrick Bamford draws a foul in the penalty area.

66:35

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

65:45

Foul by Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest).

65:45

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:59

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

64:57

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Bryson with a cross.

64:23

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

63:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Greg Halford replaces Jamie Paterson.

63:08

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

63:08

Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:45

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:45

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

58:19

Attempt missed. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross.

57:36

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Jamaal Lascelles following a corner.

57:27

Attempt blocked. Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross.

57:03

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Johnny Russell.

56:43

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

56:21

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jeff Hendrick.

53:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 4, Nottingham Forest 0. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

53:14

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

53:14

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:10

Delay in match George Thorne (Derby County) because of an injury.

48:49

Foul by Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest).

48:49

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:54

Hand ball by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

45:19

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 3, Nottingham Forest 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Guy Moussi.

45:00 +3:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Derby County 3, Nottingham Forest 0.

45:00 +2:36

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +2:36

Foul by Johnny Russell (Derby County).

45:00 +1:25

Foul by Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest).

45:00 +1:25

Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:24

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Greening.

43:24

Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:24

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Derby County).

42:33

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

42:33

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:14

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

40:11

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

40:10

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross.

39:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

38:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Jamie Ward because of an injury.

37:40

Delay in match Jamie Ward (Derby County) because of an injury.

36:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 3, Nottingham Forest 0. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Patrick Bamford following a fast break.

35:47

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

35:46

Attempt blocked. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.

33:46 Booking

Booking Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:38

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

33:38

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:10

Foul by Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest).

33:10

George Thorne (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 2, Nottingham Forest 0. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

30:40

Attempt saved. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Greening.

28:17

Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:17

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

25:15

Attempt missed. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

24:30

Hand ball by Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest).

21:44

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by George Thorne.

19:29

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

19:07

Foul by Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest).

19:07

Patrick Bamford (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:28 Booking

Booking George Thorne (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

17:15

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:15

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

17:04

Attempt blocked. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

15:07

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:07

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

14:31

Hand ball by Guy Moussi (Nottingham Forest).

10:14

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

10:14

George Thorne (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:46

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Guy Moussi.

8:36

Foul by Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest).

8:36

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Nottingham Forest 0. Craig Bryson (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

5:09

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

5:00

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

3:32

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

3:32

Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:26

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

0:26

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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