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Interesting season-end stats from OPTA

  • Joleon tops the goals per shots table with a scoring ratio of 42.1%
  • Perhaps even more surprising the Yak was second with 28.3%
  • Arteta was the most fouled
  • The team as a whole was 3rd most fouled with 532 only 4 behind Spurs and 3 behind B?burn.
  • Arteta also figured in the chances created per game (3rd) and Crosses per game (2nd). Although it doesn?t give a completion ratio!
  • Yak was 4th in goals scored per minute on pitch.
  • EFC were 4th in team goals to shots. And 2nd to MU in accuracy with 46% of our shots on target.
  • We hit the woodwork fewer times than any other team.
  • And only Villa and B?burn used fewer than our 23 players

Steve Ashton, Dunstable, Beds     Posted 14/05/2008 at 13:16:39

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Trevor Thompson
1   Posted 14/05/2008 at 15:43:40

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I’m not sure what your point is.
Bobby McDermott
2   Posted 14/05/2008 at 12:58:35

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And Everton are only 12th in the table of long ball teams!!!
Alan Kirwin
3   Posted 14/05/2008 at 12:40:31

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The Guardian article just the latest plaudit to come the way of, well, let's face it, one of the finest "defenders" ever to wear the royal blue jersey.

This fantastic young man seems to be on an upward curve that must surely lead to long term international renown, and plenty more success for us blues fans.

Everything about him is superb. His physique is precisely what's required in the modern game, big, strong & fast. He is as elegant on the ball as any defender I've ever seen (or midfielder for that matter). He has scored a ridiculous amount of goals for us. And finally, something which I admire a lot, he is an absolute gentleman on the pitch and off it.

No praise is too high for this jewel of a player. Well done indeed to David Moyes for capturing such a beautiful player for us. That £5m investment is now worth, surely, £25m.

There are others in the Moyes's locker of fine young jewels, but Jolean is the man this season. Magnificent, just magnificent.

Dave Jeanrenaud
4   Posted 14/05/2008 at 16:11:08

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You are not Joleon?s agent by any chance are you!?

On a serious note I wholeheartedly agree with your ringing endorsement.

I also note that Harry?s Pompey played considerably more long balls than we did last season. Surely not the same Harry advocated by some as a possible replacement for David Moyes in order to secure an improved standard of football!?

Dan Sedlak
5   Posted 14/05/2008 at 16:20:56

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Long ball game?

Percentage of passes that were long

Reading 21.08%
Birmingham City 20.87%
Middlesbrough 19.19%
Wigan Athletic 18.45%
Derby County 18.45%
Fulham 18.37%
Bolton Wanderers 18.24%
Portsmouth 17.81%
Sunderland 17.63%
Newcastle United 17.37%
Aston Villa 17.33%
Everton 17.27%
West Ham United 17.19%
Liverpool 16.88%
Blackburn Rovers 16.71%
Tottenham Hotspur 15.70%
Manchester City 15.12%
Manchester United 13.86%
Chelsea 12.48%
Arsenal 10.33%
Simon James
6   Posted 14/05/2008 at 16:27:03

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Probably the best stat out of all of them has to be our very own Pip being the 10th most accurate passer over the season 1533 passes with an accuracy of 72.47 %.........what a load of crap !!! This stat must have been compiled by a member of the Neville family .
Michael Hunt
7   Posted 14/05/2008 at 16:38:41

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Moyes should note that the 3 teams that played the least long balls also finished top 3 in the table!
Gotta have the quality on the pitch to do it though. When all are fit I think we do have the quality in midfield and up front, but not so comfortable enough playing it out of defence on the deck. A new RB with Baines at LB would help that a lot though. Plus a top quality centre mid.
Will Leaf
8   Posted 15/05/2008 at 03:29:28

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Arsenal with 10% longballs...on closer examination you will find 90% of that hoofball came in the 2nd Half of their 1-4 win at Goodison...

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