Marcus Tudgay and Robert Earnshaw stuck the knife in their former club Derby as Nottingham Forest ran out 5-2 winners in a pulsating East Midlands derby

Tudgay, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, began his career with the Rams and Earnshaw spent one season at Pride Park, but there was no room for sentiment as they scored two goals apiece to put Forest on their way to a convincing win.

Forest's win, ensures they remain unbeaten at the City Ground for an impressive 30 games, while the Rams can enjoy no such luxuries either home or away as they suffered their fifth successive defeat.

There has been no goalless draw in this fixture for 104 years and there was little chance of one on Wednesday night, with Luke Chambers' header giving Forest an early lead.

Luke Moore's impressive strike brought Derby level, before Tudgay stepped in with two headers before the break.

It was a night for former players to get on the scoresheet as Earnshaw extended Forest's lead further with a close-range finish after the break before Derby reduced their arrears with Kris Commons, once a hero with the Reds, hitting home a deflected free-kick.

There was to be no miraculous recovery, though, as the Rams endured a frustrating final 30 minutes, which saw assistant manager Johnny Metgod set to the stands.

And Forest put the icing on the cake in injury time when Earnshaw thumped home from 12 yards.

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