Who were the best Championship defenders in September? Pearce, Berra and more

Leeds United, Bournemouth, Ipswich Town, Wolves, Cardiff City, Derby County and Nottingham Forest stars all feature.

September was a vital month in the Championship for sides at the top and bottom of the league table.

It was also an extremely interesting month for Leeds United who saw matches under two different matches, one with a more successful start than the other.

We’ve taken a look at some of the key areas of the stats to judge which defenders were most effective in the division throughout September.

Outfield Blocks

  PositionTeamOutfielder BlockAppearancesMins Played
Jason Pearce DF Leeds 10 4 360
James Tarkowski DF Brentford 10 6 540
Mark Beevers DF Millwall 9 5 450
Christophe Berra DF Ipswich 9 5 450
Luke Chambers DF Ipswich 8 5 450

Leeds United captain Jason Pearce features alongside Brentford’s James Tarkowski at the top of this list. Both players were superb in terms of their positional play, providing a natural barrier between the attacker and their goal.

Won Tackles

  PositionTeamWon TackleAppearancesMins Played
Simon Francis DF Bournemouth 20 5 450
Ryan Fredericks DF Middlesbrough 16 2 180
John Brayford DF Cardiff 15 5 450
Craig Forsyth DF Derby 15 5 450
Tim Hoogland DF Fulham 12 4 360

Bournemouth’s Simon Francis was the most successful Championship defender in terms of the number of tackles he won last month. He was extremely effective as a last line of defence and breaking up the play when sides built pressure against his team.

Effective Clearances

  PositionTeamEffective ClearanceAppearancesMins Played
Christophe Berra DF Ipswich 65 5 450
Tal Ben Haim DF Charlton 58 5 450
André Bikey DF Charlton 56 5 450
Michael Mancienne DF Forest 51 5 450
Mark Beevers DF Millwall 47 5 450

Ipswich Town defender Christophe Berra was the best defender when it came to effective clearances. That shows he was making no nonsense style decisions when the side was under heavy pressure from the attack of other teams. That allowed Ipswich some breathing room at key times.

Aerial Duels Won

  PositionTeamAerial WonAppearancesMins Played
Christophe Berra DF Ipswich 33 5 450
Michael Mancienne DF Forest 25 5 450
James Tarkowski DF Brentford 25 6 540
Matt Doherty DF Wolves 24 4 360
Grant Hanley DF Blackburn 24 5 450

Berra also tops the list in terms of the most aerial duels won. That made Ipswich a difficult team to try and hit over the top and in terms of set pieces. It also shows that he’s a strong defender in straight up match ups and also marks well under pressure.

Interceptions Won

  PositionTeamInterception WonAppearancesMins Played
Bruno Ecuele Manga DF Cardiff 26 4 360
Joan Oriol DF Blackpool 19 5 450
Michael Turner DF Norwich 19 5 450
Jonathan Grounds DF Birmingham 16 5 450
Stephen Warnock DF Leeds 16 4 346

Bruno Manga of Cardiff was the most intelligent midfielder through September in terms of the number of interceptions he made. He’s reading the game well, stepping in at the right times and preventing the opposition from being able to play freely against Cardiff.

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