The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

AN EAST Mid­lands derby is per­haps not the best game to take charge of ei­ther club for the first time, but it will have taught the re­spec­tive man­agers plenty.

For­est started brightly and fin­ished well, but showed why they are fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion with their lack­lus­tre start to the sec­ond half. Derby were the ex­act op­po­site, start­ing slug­gishly but grow­ing into the game – Rowett’s tac­ti­cal switch at half-time an early feather in the new man­ager’s cap.

With some bet­ter game man­age­ment they would have won the game – and Rowett was fu­ri­ous on the touch­line when the Rams paid for pass­ing up a chance to run the clock down.

For­est pun­ished them for it, and War­bur­ton’s reign starts with a point which could prove vi­tal in the long run as they bid to climb the ta­ble.

There are lessons to be learned, and a new style of play be­ing taught, but the late boost can only give the Reds con­fi­dence in their rel­e­ga­tion fight in the com­ing weeks.

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