Well, that went quickly, didn’t it? A month of highs and lows, perhaps best encapsulated by the performances and results against Chelsea U21s and Crewe Alexandra (last time I’ll mention that, I promise). We’re approaching the business end of the season so patterns still present at this stage could be very significant.
The Imps are still, overall, dominating opponents with significantly more chances despite possession still being 50/50. This cutting edge is also shown by the still impressive superiority in terms of shots on target ratio and shots to goals. It’s worth noting we’ve now committed 133 more fouls than our opponents this season, that’s 3 extra a game!
The key quadruple are still dominating the minutes rankings. It will be interesting to see how far Waterfall can climb in the remaining fixtures, he’s still behind Raggett! Speaking of Sean, the fact that he’s still the 6th most played player is testament both to his abilities and our struggle to replace him.
The period just before half-time continues to be an issue for the Imps, 29% of our goals conceded have come in this 6th of the game. We tend to be much improved after the break, scoring 60% of our goals for and conceding 46% of our goals let in. Despite criticism of our set-piece deliveries this season, we’ve still notched 6 more than our opponents from dead balls.
These charts don’t show many surprises with the key thing to note is that Eardley has still directly created more goals than any of our attackers or wingers.
Eardley’s importance in attack can be seen by the fact that 23 of our goals have been set up from his right flank (over 1/3rd).
Just as I’d figured out a good way of presenting my goalkeeper information, Josh decides to get crocked and a third option comes in. So here’s my new layout designed to allow comparisons between all 3 senior ‘keepers. Vickers’ save percentage remains incredible, as does his minutes per goal conceded. Allsop, despite making some impressive saves, is currently lagging some way behind in both measures, albeit with a far smaller sample time.
The last charts I’ll go into detail on (the others are below) are my new ones assessing our options out wide. Harry Anderson has spent much of the season as the pre-eminent option but recently has been battling for time with Danny Rowe and Tom Pett. Furthermore, there’s Cameron Stewart and Jordan Williams who have found opportunities hard to come by. However, both have created chances in their limited opportunities and will surely be pushing hard for gametime unless Pett and Rowe start to deliver on their promise. With Stewart on the field, we have performed well as a team, scoring frequently and solid defensively; while this is partly down to his appearances in the Checkatrade Trophy, the scores are certainly impressive.