69 touches, 8 clearances: Forest star Eric Lichaj was excellent in Blackburn draw

Nottingham Forest drew 0-0 at Championship opponents Blackburn Rovers on Monday night.

Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj was outstanding on Monday night as his side battled to a deserved point in a 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Forest have been in good form of late, and they headed into their clash against Rovers coming off the back of a 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night.

Dougie Freedman has spoken in length about the importance of December in regards to their playoff push, and so far it has been a decent run with four games undefeated.

Blackburn put their opponents under a lot of pressure on Monday, yet Forest’s defence stood firm and Lichaj in particular was a real standout as he dominated danger man Craig Conway.

  TacklesEffective ClearancesInterceptionsDef Duels WonAerial Duels WonBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesMins Played
Eric Lichaj 3 8 2 8 2 6 69 31 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, Lichaj contributed greatly in a number of key areas.

Defensively the USA international was superb throughout, recording two aerial, duels two interceptions, won three tackles, six ball recoveries, eight defensive duels won plus eight effective clearances.

Lichaj isn’t exactly what you would describe as an attacking full-back, yet he is more than capable in possession of providing an attacking outlet with solid ball retention down the fight flank.

Over the 90 minutes he took 69 touches and made 31 accurate passes, both tallies incidentally among Forest’s best as Blackburn looked to control proceeding and pen the visitors back.

A draw was a fair result, though it could have been much better for Forest had Matt Mills not been superbly denied by Blackburn’s goalkeeper following a set-piece situation.

The draw extends Forest’s unbeaten run and has them nine points off the top six.

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