Mark Warburton and Gary Rowett can’t be separated – but NOT in the same sense as Nigel Clough and Billy Davies!


Mark Warburton and Gary Rowett couldn’t be separated in their first matches in charge of Nottingham Forest and Derby – but not in the same way as Billy Davies and Nigel Clough!

While Davies claimed Clough kneed him in the back during a mass touchline skirmish at Pride Park back in 2010, Warburton and Rowett shook hands on a 2-2 draw at the City Ground in March.

Zach Clough fired the Reds 1-0 ahead with an early goal that silenced the Rams fans in the away end, but second half goals from Matej Vydra and David Nugent put Derby in front until Daniel Pinillos scored a dramatic injury time equaliser to spark a mini pitch invasion of Forest fans in front of the Trent End.

Forest’s Zach Clough celebrates making it 1-0 against Derby

Daniel Pinillos celebrates his late equaliser against the Rams

A point each as they began their reigns at opposite ends of Brian Clough Way, we take a look at which manager goes into this Sunday’s East Midlands derby with the best league record since then, based on league position, wins, points gained, goals scored and conceded and clean sheets.

Wins

It’s a close one. Warburton just beats Rowett on league wins, having guided Forest to eight compared to the Rams’ seven.

Three of those victories for the Reds were in the final two months of last season, including their unforgettable final-day triumph against Ipswich Town that kept them in the Championship, while Rowett led Derby to four wins last season.

Britt Assombalonga celebrates his second goal against Ipswich, as Forest's secured safety.
Britt Assombalonga celebrates scoring against Ipswich as Forest secured safety on the final day of last season

Forest have won five of their opening 11 matches this season, Derby winning three from 10.

Score: 1-0 to Warburton

League position

Close again, but another victory for Warburton here, with Forest in 13th place in the table, two places and two points above Derby, although it must be said the Rams have played one game less.

Score: 2-0 to Warburton

Points

Rowett hits back on points won, having picked up a total of 28 points from his first 19 matches in charge at Pride Park.

The Rams might have won fewer matches than Forest under Warburton, but they have also lost fewer and drawn more times.

So, with seven wins and seven draws, Derby have collected two more points than the Reds, who have won eight, drawn two and lost 10 of Warburton’s first 20 matches in charge.

Score: 2-1 to Warburton

Daryl Murphy has scored six league goals for Forest this season

Goals

It’s very close once again, but Rowett’s Rams just edge it, having scored 28 goals and conceded 27, while the Reds have scored 26 times and conceded 29 times.

Score: Warburton 2 Rowett 2

Clean sheets

And so it comes down to clean sheets.

The Reds have received a bit of criticism for their defending this season, with Warburton missing out on a couple of transfer targets he wanted to strengthen his backline – but Derby haven’t been much better.

In fact, both Warburton’s Forest and Rowett’s Derby have kept exactly the same number of clean sheets – four.

The Reds have kept four clean sheets under Mark Warburton

Full time result

It’s honours even! Warburton beats Rowett on league position and number of wins, but the Rams boss edges the Forest manager on points gained and goals scored and conceded, and it’s a draw on clean sheets, which suggests maybe the best bet for Sunday is a score draw.



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