Danny Fox's stats suggest he is being unfairly scapegoated by Nottingham Forest supporters

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Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox's stats compare favourably to the club's other full-back options.

After two wins in 19 games, the feeling of unrest around Nottingham Forest is continuously growing.

The Reds went into the season as promotion favourites, but they are languishing in mid-table and have been falling down the table for some time. 

Forest fans are understandably frustrated by their side's lack of form and fingers are starting to be pointed at members of their current side who need to improve. 

One player who has felt the wrath of Forest's supporters is Danny Fox, whose performances at left-back have been short of the quality required.

Fox was brought to the City Ground on a permanent transfer during the summer to provide them with an attacking threat from full-back, but he has shown few signs of quality so far. 

The former Southampton man has struggled to hit the top of his game and many feel he will need to be upgraded if Forest are to get back to winning ways.

However, the stats suggest that Forest supporters' treatment of the 28-year-old is slightly harsh - as he has not been any worse than many other full-backs in their squad.  

  Tackles per gameInterceptions per gameHeaders won per gameTouches per gameErrorsAppearancesMins Played
Eric Lichaj 1.54 1.59 1.45 53.81 1 22 1546
Daniel Fox 1.25 1 2.125 64.43 1 16 1307
Daniel Harding 0.875 1.25 0.625 48.1 0 8 525

Forest have a lack of other options at left-back, after allowing Dan Harding to leave on loan, meaning that Fox is set to carry on in the first team.

The decision to allow Harding to leave to join Millwall was met with widespread derision from Forest supporters, but looking at the stats it is easy to see why Stuart Pearce opted to part ways with the experienced defender. 

Fox is better than him in almost every department, apart from the amount of interceptions he is making, and this is evidence of why he is first choice. 

Eric Lichaj, who operates at right-back, meanwhile has earned a lot of praise from Forest fans but his performances are not too superior to Fox's. 

The American international may tackle and intercept more regularly, but Fox is more dominant aerially and also is more involved in their play.

It suggests that Forest fans may be better off looking elsewhere, rather than pinning the blame for their demise on Fox, who looks a reliable - if not spectacular - left-back at this level. 

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