Date: 20th April 2019 at 10:46am
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Nottingham Forest suffered a 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United, but Claudio Yacob came away with praise from supporters for his performance at Bramall Lane. The 31-year-old made his first appearance in over two months on Friday, but he played like a man who hadn’t been away.

Fans have long called for Yacob’s return to the starting eleven and Friday’s showing went some way to highlighting why. Against United, he had 40 touches, made 23 passes, created one chance, drew three fouls, had one successful dribble, made one tackle and made two interceptions.

Yacob has made 15 appearances in all competitions for Forest since joining on a free transfer in September. The defensive-midfielder had to wait two months before making his debut with the East Midlands outfit, and he quickly became an important player alongside Jack Colback. However, Yacob found himself mostly out of the startling eleven under Martin O’Neill and has made only one Championship appearance since January.

Over the entire campaign, the Argentine international has racked up 956 minutes of Championship football. He’s made 24 clearances, won 30 aerial duels (56%), averaged 37 passes-per-game with 83% accuracy, has blocked six shots and averages a tackle (29) or interception (8) every 26 minutes.

Yacob has been a good signing for Forest, but O’Neill clearly didn’t get the memo.

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One Reply to “‘Excellent’, ‘Class above’, ‘So solid’ – some fans laud Nottingham Forest man despite defeat”

  • How can MON continually play this style of football, we have zero creativity, cannot defend, and play the long ball from the back every opportunity we get.
    The fans started moaning about Karanka, but at least we knew what the team selection was going to be, and the football was entertaining/attractive/attacking, where are we now, under MON we have gone backwards.

    Unless there is a change of management, we will be discussing the same topic/s next year, and any progression we made under Karanka in the first half of this season will be a distant memory.

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