Watch: Ben Watson says this will be the biggest derby he has played in
Nottingham Forest’s FA Cup winning midfielder and captain has called the East Midlands derby ‘my biggest’ ahead of the crunch clash on Sunday (March 11).
Ben Watson shared some of his derby day memories from his career ahead of Derby County visiting the City Ground this weekend.
And out of all the ones he has played a part in, he thinks the match on Sunday will be the biggest.
He said: “I’ve played in a few derbies but none of them will be as big as this one.
“The Palace Brighton one was a hostile one and when at Wigan, playing Bolton and Blackburn come to mind but this is a proper derby.
“The history of both clubs make it so big with the Brian Clough connection and everything about it.”
Watch: Aitor Karanka shared his memories of beating Derby County ahead of the game
Nottingham Forest currently sit 15th in the Championship on 44 points and are unbeaten in the lats five league games.
The Reds are the same distance off the play-offs, 14 points, as they are with the relegation spots.
Derby County sit 5th in the league on 61 points but have not won in their last six.
Manager Aitor Karanka shared some of his memories of managing against Derby County during his managerial career.
He said: “I have very good memories of playing against Derby while I was at Middlesbrough.
“We lost only the first game 2-1 and after that we then beat them at Middlesbrough and then the following season, we beat them twice.
“In the next season, we then drew with them away and beat them at home.
“But that was then and now it’s different – different coaches and different clubs but we are capable of doing the things we know we have to do and if we do that, we will win the game.”