12 recoveries, 11 duels won: Nottingham Forest's David Vaughan deserves far better

Nottingham Forest lost 2-1 to Reading last night.

Nottingham Forest’s season seems to be getting worse following the sacking of Dougie Freedman.

Four defeats in six matches, including a 1-0 reverse at East Midlands rivals Derby County, has followed since owner Fawaz Al-Hawasi opted to surprisingly dismiss the former Crystal Palace boss.

Performances haven’t been good enough from the majority, yet one man who can come out of their latest defeat Reading with his head held high is former Sunderland ace Vaughan.

The Nottingham Forest midfielder was particularly impressive during his side’s 2-1 defeat to Championship opponents Reading at the Madejski Stadium last night.

  TacklesInterceptionsDuels WonEffective ClearancesBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesMins Played
David Vaughan 6 6 11 2 12 68 37 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the experienced holding midfielder was heavily involved for Forest and if it wasn’t for his contributions they could have lost far more convincingly.

Vaughan posted an impressive six tackles, six interceptions, 11 defensive duels won and 12 ball recoveries while also remaining as reliable as ever in possession of the ball.

At one point things looked promising for the Reds as they led at the half-time interval, yet two second-half goals ultimately gave Reading a deserved win and condemned the visitors to a third straight defeat.

Forest now sit just nine points above the drop zone, and some could argue that it was a good job Freedman managed to previously oversee a 13-game unbeaten run otherwise they could be in trouble now.

Players like Vaughan, Lansbury and Mancienne on the whole deserve better, as do the club’s supporters who once again have to watch their team struggle largely as a result of more ownership mistakes.

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