Nottingham Forest returned to winning ways on Saturday with a superb battling performance at Luton Town. The Reds secured a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Lewis Grabban and Sammy Ameobi either side of half-time.
Sabri Lamouchi’s men went fifth in the Championship following the win and will head into Saturday’s East Midlands derby contest in confident spirits.
One man who was once again in fine form against the Hatters was Forest’s makeshift right-back Matty Cash. The 22-year-old completed the game having made a record number of tackles (11) in any single Championship contest this season.
Cash made 11 tackles in yesterday’s game, a record for a Championship match this season 👏 #NFFC
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) November 3, 2019
It has to be seen as a real surprise that among a plethora of quality defenders in the division, it is the unnatural right-back Cash who has set the bar when it comes to completing most tackles in a single 90 minutes.
It is quite remarkable that a man who had barely played a game on the right-hand side of the back four prior to this season is now comfortably in control of that particular place in Lamouchi’s team.
Cash, on current form, is one of the first names on the team-sheet and not just because he happens to be the only player available capable of playing at right-back.
His form this season has been superb and in adding another string to his bow, he is showing fans that he can step into the utility role vacated when Ben Osborn joined Sheffield United during the summer.
Making 11 tackles is no mean feat and you would have got pretty long odds on Matty Cash holding that particular record for a Championship game. It might not last as the season progresses but it still highlights how far Cash is coming as a player.
Next up for Forest is a reunion with the Rams and Forest will hope their academy graduate is once again in the very best of form.