Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said he is remaining wary of the threat of Nottingham Forest ahead of tonight’s East Midlands derby at the City Ground.

Derby County will have to remain wary of Nottingham Forest’s threat ahead of Monday night’s East Midlands derby, manager Frank Lampard has said.

Tonight’s derby is important for both teams, as Lampard and Martin O’Neill look for a much-needed three points as they look to boost their promotion hopes.

A victory tonight for Derby County could see them climb into sixth place in the Championship table, jumping ahead of Bristol City who will be one point behind and have a game in hand if the Rams come away as winners.

Nottingham Forest currently sit in 9th place, four points behind their local rivals. Three points in front of their home crowd tonight would see them move one place and one point behind Derby, overtaking Birmingham City.

Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, Frank Lampard has said he expected Forest to be higher and that his side has to be wary of their quality.

“I think they are a good team, and they were always going to be a threat for us, in terms of play-offs and ambitions to be high up the League,” said Lampard.

“I expected them to be fighting right at the top, and Aston Villa and Stoke City, but we know this league isn’t as simple as that.

“They are all threats, and Forest are one of those because they invested in good players, they have a good strong squad and they are not far away still, so we have to remember that.

“They can certainly be challenging.”


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