Date:Wednesday December 28 2011
Vital Swansea takes a look at the more detailed and individual player stats in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at home to QPR.
A lot has been mentioned recently regarding the Opta stats which suggest how Mark Gower is the most creative midfielder in European football, even more so than arguably the best player in the world - Barcelona's Lionel Messi.
Swansea City's attacking stats are a very poor reading to say the least, and the less said about the midfield's contribution the better.
None of the midfielders had a shot on goal. Agustien had a shot blocked from outside the area, Ashley Williams had two efforts wide from corners while Luke Moore also had a shot that failed to hit the target.
While Kemy Agustien received much praise for being one of our best players on the pitch along with Danny Graham, the stats would suggest otherwise - winning just 1 tackle in 3 and no interceptions - compared to Allen's 5 and Jazz Richards' 4.
The Dutchman did have identical passing stats to his fellow central midfield partner Joe Allen though, both having 60 successful passes out of 69. Britton outclassed them both in this area though, with 65 passes finding a team-mate and only 5 not.
As we all know, Swansea City's game is based mainly on passing and developing their play from their own half. The majority of their play was down the right side of their own half, with few passes - mostly unsuccessful ones in QPR's.
The image shows a comparison of Swansea and QPR's passes. With the Swans having a dominate area on the right side just inside their half, compared to QPR's wider range of passes across the field:
Brendan Rodgers' philosophy of playing out from the back can sometimes, admittedly rarely, lead to us putting ourselves under pressure due to conceding possession in dangerous areas.
The fullbacks like to get forward to contribute our wingplay. Jazz Richards' stats show 11 unsuccessful passes , 6 of which were in Swansea's half. Williams was also guilty of the same number. Richards made more passes into the opposition's penalty area, although mostly unsuccessful, compared to his fellow fullback Angel Rangel.
The heatmap below shows Rangel and Richards' passing activity during the game, with Richards attempting more crossing into the penalty area, but making twice as many unsuccessful passes in his own half:
There has also been much talk regarding the wingers. The heatmap below shows Routledge doing more activity further up the pitch than Sinclair, while substitute Nathan Dyer (not shown) had more passes across the whole width of the pitch, while Sinclair and Routledge both stuck to their respective flanks.
You can see below, Allen and Agustien who shared identical passing stats, have dominant areas just behind the half way line in their own half, with very little action in attacking areas.
Stats In Numbers:
Agustien - 60 successful / 9 unsuccessful.
Allen - 60 / 9
Britton - 65 / 5
Rangel - 55 / 6 - 3 in own half
Richards 35 / 11 - 6 in own half
Caulker 55 / 4 - 4 in own half
Williams - 37 / 7 - 6 in own half
Agustien - 1 Won / 2 Lost
Allen - 0 / 3
Britton - 3 / 1
Routledge - 2 / 2
Sinclair - 3 / 1
Dyer - 1 / 0
Graham - 2 / 3
Caulker - 0 / 1
Rangel - 1 / 1
Richards - 0 / 0
Williams - 4 / 1
Date:Wednesday December 28 2011
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