Forest ace David Vaughan was superb in victory over Derby, fans agree

City Ground

Nottingham Forest’s David Vaughan helped his side beat Derby County 1-0 at the City Ground in the Chamionship on Friday.

Nottingham Forest midfielder David Vaughan was outstanding as he helped his side defeat East Midlands rivals Derby County 1-0 at the City Ground in the Championship on Friday evening.

The Reds headed into the encounter on an eight-game winless streak and low in confidence, a factor which made the already much-fancied Derby favourites to claim all three points.

However, an early strike from Nelson Oliveira set the tone for a game of defence against attack, and while Derby completely dominated the ball, they created virtually nothing up against a brilliant Forest rear-guard.

The hosts sat back, flew in to tackles when need be and impressively kept their shape throughout.

Led by example, Vaughan was the best player on the pitch as he protected his back-four superbly and snuffed out the dangers posed by Rams midfielders Jeff Hendrick and Bradley Johnson.

  TacklesInterceptionsEffective ClearancesDef Duels WonBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesMins Played
David Vaughan 7 5 2 14 8 59 26 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Vaughan’s brilliance can be illustrated by his significant contributions over a range of key midfield categories.

The Wales international posted two clearances, five interceptions, seven tackles, eight ball recoveries and a whopping 14 defensive duels won – more than any other player on the pitch.

In possession, Vaughan rarely wasted the ball as he took 59 touches and completed 26 accurate passes.

The 32-year-old has often come in for criticism for his so-called laid-back approach, but he was visibly putting himself about at the City Ground on Friday night and seemingly covered every blade of grass.

The victory was much-deserved for the hosts, but the challenge now for Dougie Freedman and his players is to build on this success and really climb the Championship table.

Writing on Twitter after the game, Forest fans were naturally basking in their side’s victory and rightfully highlighted Vaughan as one of the game’s outstanding players.

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