Stats: Forest 'keeper lauds defence - but how do they stack up to rest of Championship?

Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have a stringent defence, but how do their stats compare to Ipswich Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Charlton and Leeds United?

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow has praised the stringency of Nottingham Forest's rearguard.

Stuart Pearce's Reds are in contention for the Championship title and are one of only two teams in the division who are still unbeaten, with five wins and five draws against no losses.

At the City Ground, Forest have competed five times and have conceded four goals, but have shipped just three goals when on their travels.

"The back four are making it easy for me at the minute," Darlow said to the club's official website regarding the consistency of their defensive ability.

"The manager is going with the back four he thinks can deal best with the teams we’re playing against and it’s working really well. We have a lot of quality in the squad, especially at the back.

"I’m enjoying keeping clean sheets and long may it continue," he added.

  Tackle / gameClear / gameIntercept / gameDuel won / gameAerial won / gameError lead to shotGoals againstClean sheetApps
Forest 18.1 36.6 11.4 59.2 21.3 0 7 6 10
Championship Average 18.21 27.65 14.15 54.76 20.08 1.29 12.21 2.79 9.75

When it comes to total amount of tackles and interceptions per game, Forest are actually marginally inferior to the division average, but are superior when it comes to clearances and winning duels - both at ground level and aerially.

Interestingly, the club are yet to make an error that has led to an opponent obtaining a shot on goal, while their clean sheet haul is is the best in the league, ahead of other good defences at Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County.

But how do Nottingham Forest compare to other teams in the Championship?

  Tackle / gameClear / gameIntercept / gameDuel won / gameAerial won / gameError lead to shotGoals againstClean sheetApps
Charlton 18.8 36 13.5 49.6 18.2 0 9 3 10
Leeds 17.11 30.33 17.33 47.22 15.44 2 12 3 9
Ipswich 16.6 39.2 14.5 57.2 26.6 1 8 3 10
Wolves 15.67 31 8.67 53.33 18.33 0 6 5 9
Championship Average 18.21 27.65 14.15 54.76 20.08 1.29 12.21 2.79 9.75

Leeds United are outside of the play-off region but will be hoping momentum could propel them into the top six at one point this season, however, The Whites will unlikely reach that grail if they continue to make unnecessary errors that led to goal-scoring opportunities for their opponents.

Ipswich Town, meanwhile, appear to have a great physical advantage when it comes to dueling on the floor and in the air, with the robust - yet successful - nature of their challenging just behind over battlers like Reading, Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic.

For Darlow, though, the defence will be a key part in any challenge for promotion: "I want to get into the Premier League with this team," he said.

"Hopefully we’ll keep grinding out results away and pick up a few more wins at home, then we’ll be right up there. 0-0s can be massive come the end of the season.

"We’ve made a very good start. We’ll look to take that into the international break and build on it when we come back in."

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