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KRIS Commons was hauled off at half time against his old club Nottingham Forest because of his poor first-half display in Derby County's defeat at the City Ground.

Sloppy play by the forward contributed to Forest's second and third goals as they built a 3-0 lead by half time.

Derby battled back in the second half to make it 3-2 but the damage had already been done.

Rams manager Nigel Clough was unhappy with Commons and critcised the 25-year-old, who joins up with the Scotland squad this week for their crucial World Cup qualifiers.

"He (Commons) has given the second and third goals away," said Clough.

"He gave a free kick away on the touchline for Forest's second goal and gave the ball away for their third.

"But it wasn't just that.

"Everybody gives the ball away, it is the manner in which you do it.

"He tried to nutmeg somebody in his own half, away from home, in the 44th minute when we were 2-0 down.

"And then having lost the ball, he just stood still and watched it.

"Now everything we are trying to instil into the club from the under-9s up to the senior team is about team ethic and team work.

"That's why we replaced him at half-time.

"He kept wandering in midfield and so we replaced him with somebody who would play the position and we looked better for it."

Lee Croft came on for Commons and allowed Gary Teale to switch back to the left wing.

Both wide men played a part in a spirited second-half show.


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Originally posted by Red Dog;30841


Exactly the same problem we had with him, fatty only turns up when he feels like it

In all honesty. Thats the only the 2nd time i have seen him like that, both times at the CG, but it didnt get to him much as he smashed in our winner there in the cup last season... 2-0 upppppp.... 3-2 dowwnnn

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However much I love Common's he is a liability against Forest, out of all the games we play the games against Forest are the ones you want to see him at his best. In the return fixture I would leave him on the bench despite him being our most creative player, Croft and Teale ripped Forest apart at times in the second half and we managed just fine without him.

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