102 touches; 17 recoveries: Forest's Robert Tesche was a machine in Fulham win

Robert Tesche: By The Numbers: Tesche's display for Forest v Birmingham: 20150302

Nottingham Forest defeated Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage.

Nottingham Forest midfielder Robert Tesche put in a simply outstanding performance as his side grabbed a morale-boosting 3-1 victory over struggling Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Forest headed in to their encounter with the West London side win-less in eight matches and lacking in confidence.

The Forest fans were in need of uplifting, and Paul Williams’ side finally delivered as goals from Tesche and Henri Lansbury (2) were enough to seal the points and send the travelling supporters home happy.

Lansbury will no doubt receive the plaudits for his two-goal haul in a superb display, yet Forest’s real star of the show was German holding midfielder Tesche who did not put a foot wrong all game.

  GoalsTacklesEffective ClearancesInterceptionsDuels WonBall RecoveriesTouchesTake-onsMins Played
Robert Tesche 1 3 6 8 10 17 102 4 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, Tesche was heavily involved throughout as he contributed in a number of key areas both in the attacking and defensive thirds.

The 28-year-old posted an incredible three tackles, six effective clearances, eight interceptions, ten defensive duels won and 17 ball recoveries as he dealt with everything Fulham threw at his side.

In possession, he was reliable as ever as he took 102 touches, completed four successful take-ons and of course put the Tricky Trees ahead with a well-taken first-time effort in the opening period.

Tesche was tasked with playing as a box-to-box midfielder in the absence of David Vaughan, and he certainly did enough to warrant keeping his place for Forest’s encounter with Wolverhampton Wanderers next week.

The victory sees the East Midlands side climb to 17th in the Championship table with 51 points.

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