Imps v Plymouth: Dispelling the Myths

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Dan N’Lundulu Gave the Ball Away Too Much

Dan’s our new favourite Marmite player, isn’t he? Excellent against Burton, he didn’t shine at Morecambe and already people are saying he’s not good enough. I’ll be honest, I bite my tongue, I really do. It’s alright in a couple of weeks people coming back and saying they were wrong (Josh Griffiths being a prime example of that), but it makes for a toxic atmosphere whilst we’re slagging off players. Yesterday, I thought he played well, but did he really give the ball away too much?

It’s hard to ascertain how much he gave the ball away as you need some control points. I’ve included a few season averages for other players, and for other players of ours yesterday. That should tell us how well he did, or didn’t do.

Firstly, he made 26 passes during the game, 23 of which were accurate, or 88%. He contested two aerial duels, won them both, and lost the ball 12 times, three in his own half. Now, how does that compare to other players?

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Let’s start with his opposite number, Ryan Hardie. he played fewer passes than Dan (11, six accurate, 55%), so he gave the ball away more. He contested three aerial duels, and didn’t win any of them, but he did lose the ball on three fewer occasions, nine, without losing it in his own half. Whilst Dan lost the ball three times more; his numbers still stack up when you throw headers and passes in.

How do Dan’s figures stack up with other players, both on the team, and from the past? Well, his pass accuracy left him in the middle of the pack; Sorensen, Eyoma, Montsma were all better, whilst Bramall, Bishop, Poole, Scully and Fiorini were worse. In terms of aerial duels, only one player attempted more (Regan Poole), and he had a 50% success rate. He wasn’t the worst when comparing ball losses either; Anthony Scully had 20, Lewis Fiorini 19, Ted Bishop 16 and Regan Poole on 13.

Outcome: False. Dan N’Lundulu did not give the ball away any more than other players; in fact, he retained it better than four or five other players.

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