54 touches, 6 recoveries: How good was Forest's David Vaughan against Fulham?

Forest City Ground

Nottingham Forest midfielder David Vaughan had a superb afternoon.

Nottingham Forest midfielder David Vaughan kept up his rich vein of form with another superb performance during his side’s comfortable 3-0 win over Fulham.

The Reds have certainly picked up their form of late, ending an eight-game winless run with victory over rivals Derby County, followed by another two successes at the City Ground.

Forest have, for the large part, played well this season and their early results and ensuing league position didn’t really reflect their true colours, especially during that barren run.

Vaughan has been one of the Championship’s better midfielders over the past month, and he was at the heart of everything good about Forest’s convincing win over Fulham.

  TacklesEffective ClearancesDef Duels WonBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesKey PassesMins Played
David Vaughan 3 2 6 6 54 31 3 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Sunderland midfielder contributed greatly in a number of key areas as he ran the game from midfield at the City Ground.

In possession, Vaughan was reliable throughout as he took 54 touches, completed 31 accurate passes, created three chances via key passes and also grabbed an assist for his efforts.

But arguably more impressive was his defensive output – posting two clearances, three tackles, six defensive duels won and six ball recoveries as Fulham simply couldn’t gain a foothold in the match.

Defender Matt Mills was the unlikely goal scoring hero with a brace, while Chris O’Grady also found the net, scoring only his second since arriving from Brighton and Hove Albion on loan.

The victory lifts Dougie Freedman’s men up to 15th in the table, only six point shy of the playoffs.

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