Nottingham Forest grabbed the bragging rights over bitter rivals Derby County at the City Ground last night with a 1-0 victory.
They are now one point and one place behind the Rams after Yohan Benalouane’s second minute goal secured all three points for Martin O’Neill’s side.
It was a spirited performance by the home side, and Joe Lolley contributed majorly to that with a quality performance on the wing up against former England international Ashley Cole.
The former Chelsea and Arsenal man has come back to these shores to try and help his former club and international team-mate Frank Lampard, but ran into a winger in Lolley who is on red-hot form.
In his prime, Cole played up against the top wingers in the world and went toe-to-toe but his ageing legs struggled somewhat against Lolley, who showed once more why he is one of the most threatening attacking players in the second tier.
The Forest fans absolutely loved seeing Lolley’s performance and we’ve put together some of the best reaction on a night they clearly enjoyed…
Best winger we’ve had since Andy Reid, oh & thanks for making Ashley Cole retire live on tv ?
— martyn (@martynbigdog) February 25, 2019
❤️ you Joe
— Harry ??? (@HarryNFFC_) February 25, 2019
Ashley Cole thought he’d played against the best….but there ain’t nobody, like Joe Lolley!! Well played son #SlapTheSheep
— Woody (@Mister_Forest) February 25, 2019
Taught Ashley Cole a lesson my son x
— Reilly (@ReillyPhoenix) February 25, 2019
Best player in the championship you beautiful man
— Jack ??????? (@EnglishPulisic) February 25, 2019
— Finnian Harnett (@FinnianHarnett) February 25, 2019
Loved it! You tore a former England international to shreds! Take a bow ?♀️ #nffc
— Jonathan Buttery (@ButteryJb) February 26, 2019
Ashley Cole is still untangling his legs!
— Nicky Long (@Nicky_Long) February 25, 2019
Well done on your performance tonight Joe
— Jake Whalin (@jakeleewhalin) February 25, 2019
Lionel Messi has posters of you on his wall
— Jamie (@JamieFA98) February 25, 2019
Quality as always dad
— zak (@ZakRileyNFFC) February 25, 2019