A Season in Stats: Part 5 – Attacking threat

First of all it’s been clear Swindon haven’t been any real attacking threat this season, hence our relegation, but I shouldn’t leave this aspect out of the season review in statistics.

The below table provides seven league statistics for each player who have made a shot at goal this season; total shots, minutes per shot, total shots on target (SOT), minutes per shot on target, total goals, minutes per goal and percentage of shots become goals. The table is sorted by the number of minutes per shot. Hitting the posts or crossbar is not counted as a shot on target.

I don’t think I really needed to do this analysis to come to the conclusion Charlie Austin was by far the greatest attacking threat with a strike every 29 minutes and every 54 minutes on target. After Austin left our goals per game ratio fell from 1.42 goals per game after Tranmere and never recovered, finishing with just 1.09 goals per game. If Charlie had stayed I’ve no doubt that his goals and all round attacking threat would’ve given us a fighting chance of staying up…what a dick for leaving us!

As for the rest:

Dossevi got enough shots at goal, mainly from long range, however he just wasn’t acurate enough with too many wayward shots.

Bodin showed why he deserved his 5 appearances, getting in good enough positions to shoot 6 times, however he only tested the keeper once. Certainly Bodin-well for next season…

Elliot Benyon really didn’t handle the step up to League One and only managed a shot every 83 minutes from just 10 shots in 12 appearances.

The much maligned Pericard was comparible to the threat of Obika, Andrew and Grella, who were the loan signings brought in to replace him. Pericard was only marginally less efficent against these three with the frequency of shots and better in terms of acuracy of shots on target and strike rate. However I still don’t feel he offers anything to us, even in League Two.

Matt Ritchie deserved the Player of the Season Award. As he played both on the wing and upfront it’s difficult to understand his attacking contribution from each position, however his consistent attacking threat with more than 50% of his shots on target was fantastic.

Ferry was maginalised in midfield, making only 5 shots and 1 assist all season, compared to 18 goals and 3 assists in 2009/2010. For that you can blame Prutton, thank god he’s gone…

Morrison’s defensive inexperience was plain to see in my earlier post, however his attacking threat was significant with an overall strike rate of 36.4%, the best rate in the club.

As for O’Brien, he could hardly create any real chances for himself and not enough (only 1 assist) for his teamates.

Apps Mins Shots Mins / Shot SOT Mins / SOT Goals Mins / Goal % S=G
Austin 21 1842 63 29 34 54 12 154 19.0%
Dossevi 27 1365 37 37 19 72 3 455 8.1%
Bodin 5 232 6 39 1 232 0 n/a 0.0%
Ritchie 36 3056 61 50 35 87 7 437 11.5%
Ball 18 707 12 59 7 101 2 354 16.7%
Obika 5 304 5 61 2 152 0 n/a 0.0%
Andrew 10 810 13 62 5 162 1 810 7.7%
Grella 7 506 7 72 3 169 1 506 14.3%
Pericard 18 1022 14 73 8 128 2 511 14.3%
Douglas 39 3360 44 76 15 224 1 3360 2.3%
McGovern 38 2641 34 78 15 176 3 880 8.8%
Prutton 41 2976 36 83 15 198 3 992 8.3%
Benyon 12 581 7 83 3 194 1 581 14.3%
Rose 35 2547 29 88 16 159 3 849 10.3%
Sheehan 21 1479 16 92 9 164 1 1479 6.3%
Timlin 22 1460 14 104 5 292 2 730 14.3%
Morrison 19 1710 11 155 6 285 4 428 36.4%
Flint 3 185 1 185 0 n/a 0 n/a 0.0%
N’Diaye 6 186 1 186 1 186 0 n/a 0.0%
Amankwaah 19 1506 8 188 1 1506 0 n/a 0.0%
Thompson 3 201 1 201 1 201 0 n/a 0.0%
Caddis 38 3226 13 248 9 358 1 3226 7.7%
Jean-Francois 18 1387 5 277 3 462 1 1387 20.0%
Ferry 21 1529 5 306 2 765 0 n/a 0.0%
Cuthbert 41 3493 10 349 5 699 2 1747 20.0%
O’Brien 21 847 2 424 1 847 0 n/a 0.0%
Frampton 23 1981 2 991 0 n/a 0 n/a 0.0%

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