5 interceptions, 9 clearances: Forest star Mancienne superb in deserved draw at Wolves

Wolves Billy Wright Stand

Nottingham Forest picked up a 1-1 draw at Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Nottingham Forest defender Michael Mancienne was superb on Friday night as Nottingham Forest came from behind to rescue a deserved point in a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Reds fell behind in the first half as Wolves seized upon their opportunity with aplomb, yet Dougie Freedman’s side were still well in the match and looked comfortable on the ball.

It took a while coming, but substitute Dexter Blackstock finally notched Forest level ten minutes from time as he volleyed home Henri Lansbury’s accurate corner.

The former Queens Park Rangers striker will no doubt receive the plaudits over the weekend for his contribution, yet one man who was brilliant throughout was defender Michael Mancienne.

  TacklesEffective ClearancesInterceptionsAerial Duels WonDef Duels WonBall RecoveriesAccurate PassesMins Played
Michael Mancienne 1 9 5 6 8 9 15 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Chelsea defender was heavily involved at the back for Forest and put in a real shift in the absence of Jack Hobbs.

Mancienne posted one tackle, five interceptions, eight defensive duels won, nine ball recoveries and nine effective clearances as he got the better of Wolves ace Adam Le Fondre.

The 27-year-old has often been deployed in a holding midfielder role this season, largely due to Forest’s lack of options with players like Chris Cohen and Andy Reid still nursing long-term injuries.

But Mancienne is undoubtedly better at centre-back, a position where he can read the game from deeper and use his pace to deal with strikers such as Le Fondre looking to get in behind.

The former England under-21 international is a real asset for the East Midlands outfit, and against Wolves he barely put a foot wrong as the visitors claimed a decent result in their bid to push up the table.

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