72 touches, 18 recoveries: George Thorne was a machine in Derby County win

Derby County defeated Nottingham Forest 1-0 at the iPro Stadium.

Derby County player George Thorne was absolutely superb on Saturday as his side defeated East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest 1-0 at the iPro Stadium.

The Rams headed in to the encounter looking to bounce back from their sensational 3-3 draw at Rotherham United, having led 3-0 with only seven minutes of normal time remaining.

Marcus Olsson grabbed his first goal for Derby since joining the club in January, scoring on he 79th minute following a neat move from the hosts and a clever layoff from winger Tom Ince.

The Swedish fullback will no doubt grab the headlines for his winner, yet the best player on the pitch by far was holding midfielder George Thorne as he gave Forest absolutely nothing in midfield.

  TacklesInterceptionsDuels WonBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesKey PassesMins Played
George Thorne 3 3 6 18 72 51 2 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the former West Bromwich Albion man was heavily involved throughout the 90 minutes as he won the midfield battle for the hosts.

Thorne posted three tackles, three interceptions, six duels won and a whopping 18 ball recoveries.

Moreover, in possession he was confident and precise, taking 72 touches and making 51 accurate passes with two of those setting the Rams up for an attack on the Forest goal.

While it was a game of very few chances, Derby always looked the more likely in the second period to find a winner and it duly arrived with Olsson finding space in the area and firing home with his right foot.

The win consolidates Derby’s position in the top, boosted by Cardiff City, Birmingham City and Ipswich Town all dropping points on yet another unpredictable weekend in the Championship.

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