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Derby manager Nigel Clough launched a scathing attack on his side after they were blitzed 5-2 at local rivals Nottingham Forest in the npower Championship.

The Rams were overrun by a rampant Forest who surged into a 92-second lead through Luke Chambers. Luke Moore levelled for the visitors before two goals apiece from former Derby strikers Marcus Tudgay and Robert Earnshaw put the game to bed, meaning Kris Commons' deflected free-kick was nothing more than a consolation.

"They can't really hide. When you go over the white line, there's no hiding there, you either do it or you don't do it," said Clough. "Some can do it, some can't .

"We get to the stage where we give the players every opportunity but at some point you have to move on to the next group.

"All the ability in the world isn't enough at this level. You have to have the desire. You've either got it or you go back to League Two or Poland or wherever you're from. We can't afford to have nights like this."

Clough singled out Dean Leacock and Paul Green for particular criticism.

"Dean Leacock for an experienced defender with Premier League experience and an international midfielder in Paul Green, I thought they offered us absolutely nothing," he fumed.

The win, which was watched by more than 29,000 people, saw Forest extend their impressive unbeaten run on the home soil to 30 games, a run which manager Billy Davies hailed the run as "remarkable".

"I think the most important thing is the outstanding achievement of 30 games undefeated," he said. "It is absolutely remarkable and great credit has to be given to everyone at this club.

"I think it's a very good three points, we should have scored more goals. It was an excellent team performance and a thoroughly deserved three points."

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