Date: 14th March 2019 at 12:21pm
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Ryan Yates was one of many players who underperformed for Nottingham Forest against Aston Villa on Wednesday evening, incurring the wrath of some supporters on social media as a result. The 21-year-old had been in fine form ahead of the midweek clash, but he failed to make an impact at the City Ground and was brought off after 75 minutes by Martin O’Neill.

Against Villa, Yates made 26 touches, 14 passes with 71% accuracy, one tackle and two interceptions. He drew four fouls on the night and won one aerial duel. The Englishman lined up in midfield with Jack Colback and Pele, but the trio struggled to get a foothold in the game and came out second-best. O’Neill might consider a change ahead of Saturday’s trip to Ipswich as Forest have now lost two of their last three league games.

As for Yates, the midfielder has made eight Championship appearances this season, scoring one goal. He was overlooked by Aitor Karanka earlier in the campaign, spending the first four months out of the matchday squad, but he’s been an important player under O’Neill. Wednesday’s game was Yates’ seventh consecutive league start but not his best performance.

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