Forest ace Robert Tesche was Championship’s best in key category at the weekend

Nottingham Forest defeated Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage.

Nottingham Forest midfielder Robert Tesche posted more ball recoveries than any other Championship outfield player at the weekend as his side defeated Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage.

The Reds travelled to West London looking to break a winless run stretching eight league games.

It has been a desperate time for the East Midlands club, and for midfielder Robert Tesche in particular as he has had to make do with a regular role on the Forest substitutes bench.

However, with David Vaughan absent, caretaker boss Paul Williams entrusted Tesche with anchoring his side’s midfield and protecting the back four against a free-scoring and dangerous Fulham attack.

  TeamBall RecoveriesInterceptionsMins Played
Robert Tesche Forest 17 8 90
Conor Coady Wolves 13 0 90
Beram Kayal Brighton 13 4 90
Oscar Threlkeld Bolton 6 8 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the German midfielder excelled beyond expectations as he remarkably topped the Championship’s defensive charts by quite some distance.

Tesche provided a whopping 17 ball recoveries, four more than Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Conor Coady and Brighton and Hove Albion’s impressive Beram Kayal.

Moreover, the Forest midfielder posted eight interceptions - a tally matched only by Bolton’s Oscar Threlkeld.

Tesche, 28, has only made 15 Championship starts this season and when considering how effective he can be in the middle of midfield, it’s rather surprising he hasn’t featured more at the City Ground.

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