Date: 1st April 2019 at 7:00am
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Nottingham Forest enjoyed a 2-1 win over Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, but it wasn’t a vintage performance from Martin O’Neill’s men. Ben Osborn was one who struggled to make a telling impact and drew a lot of criticism from supporters on social media.

Despite having Jack Robinson at his disposal, Osborn started at left-back. Against Swansea, the 24-year-old made 67 touches, 42 passes with 71% accuracy, two tackles, one interception, four clearances and whipping in five crosses with 20% accuracy.

Osborn failed to create a chance, making a successful dribble or win an aerial duel. He also made three unsupported touches and was dispossessed once. The Englishman hasn’t done too badly at left-back in previous games, but he wasn’t at his best on Saturday.

Osborn has been a regular this season, making 34 Championship appearances, scoring and creating six goals. He’s made 46 chances, boasts a 52% dribble success rate and has averaged a tackle (63) or interception (28) every 26 minutes. He’s also whipped in 100 crosses with 32% accuracy.

Robinson could return for Forest’s next game against Rotherham United (away) on April 6. The Reds are ninth in the Championship with 57 points from 39 games, two points adrift of the playoffs.

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