Clough & Commons come back to haunt Forest

Former Nottingham Forest legends Nigel Clough and Kris Commons came back to haunt their former club as Derby County came back from two goals down to triumph 3-2 at the City Ground and progress to the FA Cup Fifth Round. The Reds made a dream start with Chris Cohen's deflected 20-yarder finding the back of the net after just 60 seconds, before Nathan Tyson doubled their lead from the penalty spot after being felled by, Rams goalkeeper, Stephen Bywater. But County battled back with Rob Hulse and Paul Green heading home either side of the break before Commons, who made the controversial move from Forest to bitter rivals Derby last summer, saw a deflected long-range strike find the bottom corner, having earlier watched a strike from a similar distance thunder the upright. County manager Clough opted not to speak to the media following the game, instead sending assistant manager Gary Crosby in front of the press.

"He does not want to take any glory from this win," he said. "You know the nature of the man. He does not want glory. He is incredibly pleased with the result, that is all he is interested in.

"But it is a fantastic win in a cup tie, having been 2-0 down early on. He just asked me to do the press and I said 'yes, sure gaffer'. I have been asked to speak to you about the game and that is what I will do."

Victory sets up a fifth round meeting with Manchester United, who they recently faced in the Carling Cup Semi Final.

Commons' stunning strike handed the Rams a 1-0 win at Pride Park in the first-leg, before United progressed to the Wembley showpiece against Tottenham Hotspur with a 4-2 victory at Old Trafford.


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