O'Hara v Lansbury: Did Blackpool or Nottingham Forest star perform better at the weekend?

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Comparing Blackpool and Nottingham Forest midfielders from last weekend.

Blackpool and Nottingham Forest took part in a barnstorming 4-4 draw at Bloomfield Road last weekend, in a game which was filled with drama and intrigue.

Bottom club Blackpool went into a 2-0 lead as they sensed a shock victory, but quickfire goals from Dexter Blackstock and Gary Gardner brought Forest level.

Steven Davies put Blackpool back in front before Henri Lansbury equalised from the penalty spot, and after Chris Burke appeared to have won the game at the death for Forest, Blackpool went down the other end of the pitch and equalised again through David Ferguson.

The game saw an interesting battle in midfield between Jamie O'Hara and Henri Lansbury, formerly of North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal respectively.

Both players had a big say on the outcome of the game, so here are stats from Opta to compare their performances on Saturday...

  PositionTeamAssistsBig Chances CreatedGoalsTotal PassesAccurate PassesSuccessful Final Third PassesMinutes Played
Jamie O'Hara MF Blackpool 2 1 0 61 33 16 90
Henri Lansbury MF Forest 0 0 1 44 29 9 90

Starting with O'Hara, the 28-year-old is rebuilding his reputation at Blackpool, and was influential for the Tangerines against Forest.

With two assists to his name, the former Wolves man was a creative force for Blackpool, and his 16 successful passes in the final third illustrate how important he was.

He did though complete just 54% of his passes, and that's a disappointing total for a player with known quality on the ball. Even so, O'Hara was a big reason for Blackpool's display.

On to Lansbury, he didn't create any big chances for his side and ergo no assists, but he did get on the scoresheet from the penalty spot.

Lansbury attempted fewer passes but completed 70% of them, with nine successful passes in the final third - solid if unspectacular stats.

Given that his goal came from the penalty spot and he didn't attempt nearly as many passes as O'Hara, the edge goes to the Blackpool man in this comparison - especially with his assists and chance creation, too.

After some time out of the limelight, O'Hara is starting to show why he was highly rated at Tottenham all those years ago.

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