Friday, 16 May 2014

Stats and more stats

I don't always think stats tell you everything about a game or a player. Sometimes though you can see things that are not always so apparent from the sidelines and I was intrigued by some of the stats that Millwall had in their programme on AFCB's season.

You might well have expected to hear that Lewis Grabban was way out ahead on 141 shots recorded, but would you have expected him to have 44 more shots than the player who had the second most number of shots? That player was Matt Ritchie by the way. I expect that with a striker like Kermorgant likely to play a similar number of games next season to whoever partners him up front, it should be a lot closer next season. But it shows you how many times Lewis Grabban got himself into positions to shoot and that his return n goal could well have been bigger.

Another stat I liked was the most used sub. It was Brett Pitman on 20 appearances which shocked me a little as I did not think that Brett had been used to such an extent as that. Tokelo Rantie was second on 13 used sub appearances while Ryan Fraser was only third on 13. It doesn't tell you how often Shaun MacDonald got on the subs bench you can add them up yourself and can tell that despite his number of times being in the squad he just wasn't used that much.
Brett was the one who leaped up from the bench the most last season.
The best stat of all though has to be the number of fouls committed. Perhaps some of us should say well done to Harry Arter because he is getting better and was not the chief offender. Simon Francis had that dubious honour with 51 fouls before the Millwall game, but having played in every match perhaps that is not such a surprise after all. Harry had 38 foul tackles if you were wondering and yes, he was the second biggest offender. 

The only other stat that perhaps could see an improvement next season is the average home attendance at Dean Court of 9951. It would be good to see that over 10,000 next season but it is something that is achievable and if the number of full season ticket holders goes up it could be a struggle to get a seat on the gate next season. 

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