Yoann Barbet put in a brilliant performance during Queens Park Rangers’ 0-0 draw against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
QPR have had their fair share of defensive issues this campaign, as only Luton Town have conceded more than their 58 goals, while they are level with second-bottom Barnsley.
However, they put in an assured performance against Forest, which saw Mark Warburton’s men keep their fifth clean sheet of the campaign – only Luton have kept fewer.
While the aforementioned statistics are pretty discouraging, the performance given during this game has the opposite effect, as they were able to limit the play-off chasers to just two shots on target.
There were, of course, various players who contributed to that effort, with Barbet acting as a key part of the defensive unit.
The 6ft 2 Frenchman was indomitable at centre-back for the Rs, as he won the only aerial duel that he competed in, being the only player on the pitch to win 100% of their aerial duels, while he also came away with the ball from the one tackle that he made.
There were many more involvements than that though, as he went on to complete seven clearances – the highest number of anybody on the pitch – as well as two interceptions, which put him joint-highest with Ryan Manning.
Messing about with the ball at his feet was of no interest to the 26-year-old, as he didn’t even attempt to make any dribbles, while he also only completed 64% of the passes that he attempted during the game.
While this doesn’t look flattering for him, it does indicate how his focus was on ensuring that the opposition didn’t get past him, rather than looking to over complicate things.
All of this shows just how vital he was for the team during this match, with the hope being that he and his defensive teammates can continue this form against Derby County on Tuesday.