Half-time: Goalless at the break between Rams and Forest
IT is still goalless at the City Ground after the first half of Derby County's Championship clash with arch rivals Nottingham Forest.
Forest were on top for much of the opening 45 minutes but the Rams managed to hold firm, with clear-cut chances at a premium in a typically heated encounter.
Derby manager Nigel Clough named the same side that started the 2-1 home loss to Burnley.
His opposite number, Sean O'Driscoll, made two changes in the wake of Forest's first league defeat of the season at Leeds, with Chris Cohen and Lewis McGugan replacing Guy Moussi and James Coppinger.
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The Rams forced an early corner but it was Forest who had the best of a scrappy opening.
The hosts had a penalty shout waved away in the seventh minute when they claimed Simon Cox's cross had struck the arm of Jake Buxton.
At the other end, Conor Sammon broke into the area but his chipped cross was too high for Jamie Ward.
Frank Fielding was tested after 14 minutes but comfortably held Cohen's 20-yard curler.
A series of fouls broke up the flow of the game.
Referee Robert Madley had words with Buxton, Ward and Craig Bryson before Andy Reid was booked for a foul on Buxton.
Buxton was soon in the book himself, for a late challenge on Dexter Blackstock.
McGugan blasted a free kick into the wall from just outside the box, before Greg Halford's long throw flew across the face of goal, with nobody able to get a touch on it.
Gareth Roberts was booked for a bad tackle on Cohen and Fielding was forced into a hurried punch from Reid's resulting free kick.
As the first half entered added time, Danny Collins powered a header against the bar from another Halford missile but the whistle had gone for a foul to Derby.
Moments later, Sammon flashed a shot narrowly over from 30 yards, while Cox was not too far away with a similar effort just before the half-time whistle blew.