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Ward & Hendrick inspire Ram raid

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Jamie Ward and Jeff Hendrick were the toast of Derby this weekend after the duo scored vital goals for Nigel Clough's ten-man Rams against Nottingham Forest.

Goalkeeper Frank Fielding was dismissed for the City Ground visitors inside five minutes, with Andy Reid dispatching the penalty to put Forest seemingly in command.

However, Ward equalised midway through the first period, and Hendrick latched on to a loose ball from 20-yards out to fire past Lee Camp and secure an unlikely victory on 72 minutes.

"Scoring the winner to get three points for the team is great but to score in a local derby makes it even better, I have to say," the Academy graduate told Rams Player.

"I don't remember too much about the goal really. I just recall that Ben Davies brought the ball inside and I managed to hit it first time into the bottom corner.

"It was a great feeling - one I can't describe - and after that miss earlier on, I'm delighted I managed to make up for it."


 

"It's a massive result, especially off the back of two defeats and when you remember we were playing for ten men for the whole game. The spirit we have here is brilliant. Even when we go a goal down we know we're not out of it."

Controversy surrounded Derby's first goal in the contest, with Ward's brilliant individual equaliser against the club's arch-rivals marred by Chris Cohen laying down injured on the half-way line.

Referee Scott Mathieson was quick to wave play on after checking on the stricken midfielder, and Clough insists the Northern Ireland international did nothing wrong as no foul had been committed.

"It's not our job to stop play, it is the referee's job. You are told from five years old to play to the whistle and that is what we did. If the referee thinks there is something he needs to stop the game for, then he will," said the manager post-match.

"We were 1-0 down in a local derby, down to 10 men and fighting for our lives. We expect the players to do everything they can within the rules.

"But let's not take anything away from Jamie Ward because it was an absolutely brilliant individual goal. He has been due a goal because he missed a couple of chances at Coventry in the last game and has been getting a bit frustrated."

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