Four goals conceded but where did Forest pair excel against Blackpool?

Nottingham Forest, Blackpool, Wolves, Fulham and Watford defenders feature in the top performers in the Championship over the weekend.

The Championship threw up plenty of interesting results over the weekend with Bournemouth’s point at Huddersfield allowing them to pull level on points with Middlesbrough in the race for promotion.

Leeds United battled their way to a fourth win in five games while Blackpool put up good fight to secure a point in a 4-4 draw against Nottingham Forest.

We’ve taken a look at the top defenders in the Championship from the weekend across several areas.

Outfield Blocks

  PositionTeamOutfielder BlockAppearancesMins Played
Tal Ben Haim DF Charlton 2 1 90
Danny Collins DF Forest 2 1 90
Dorian Dervite DF Bolton 2 1 90
Alan Dunne DF Millwall 2 1 90
David Edgar DF Huddersfield 2 1 90

There’s nothing between the top performers in this area. Danny Collins of Nottingham Forest deserves a mention because had he not been in the right place at the right time, his team could have scored four goals yet left with nothing from the game against Blackpool.

Tackles

  PositionTeamWon TackleAppearancesMins Played
Danny Batth DF Wolves 3 1 90
Harlee Dean DF Brentford 3 1 90
Dorian Dervite DF Bolton 3 1 90
Lewis Dunk DF Brighton 3 1 90
Daniel Fox DF Forest 3 1 90

There’s also nothing separating the top performers in terms of tackles, with another Forest player, Daniel Fox, appearing on this list, breaking up the play effectively against the Tangerines.

Effective Clearances

  PositionTeamEffective ClearanceAppearancesMins Played
Tom Aldred DF Blackpool 19 1 77
Dorian Dervite DF Bolton 14 1 90
Jos Hooiveld DF Millwall 12 1 90
Charles Dunne DF Blackpool 11 1 90

Tom Aldred of Blackpool made more effective clearances against Forest than any other player. He got the ball away with some no nonsense defending under pressure when there was plenty of chaos unfolding around him.

Aerial Duels Won

  PositionTeamAerial WonAppearancesMins Played
Shaun Hutchinson DF Fulham 8 1 89
Tom Aldred DF Blackpool 7 1 77
Sebastien Bassong DF Norwich 7 1 90
Harlee Dean DF Brentford 7 1 90
Tom Lees DF Sheff Wed 7 1 90

Shaun Hutchinson of Fulham was the main man in terms of aerial duels won. He found space against a determined Ipswich attack, but it’s a shame his efforts couldn’t be matched by his teammates, as the Londoners lost the game 2-1.

Interceptions

  PositionTeamInterception WonAppearancesMins Played
Joel Ekstrand DF Watford 8 1 90
Nikolay Bodurov DF Fulham 6 1 90
Harlee Dean DF Brentford 6 1 90
Russell Martin DF Norwich 6 1 90
Jack Robinson DF Huddersfield 6 1 90

Joel Ekstrand of Watford read the play more effectively than any other defender. There is work for the Watford defence to do after conceding three goals against Bolton though they just got over the line with a narrow 4-3 win.

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