A Season In Stats: Foderingham vs Smith vs Lanzano

In our first review of the statistics which made the 2011/12 season, Ron Smith takes aim at Town goalkeepers Wes Foderingham, Phil Smith and Mattia Lanzano.

If the 2011/12 season has taught us something we always knew would be true, it’s that quality goalkeepers are actually in short supply. After many years of Talia, Gremink, Lucas and the rest, it seems we’ve found one in Wes Foderingham.

It took Di Canio until early October to finally admit defeat in his trusted no.1 shirt holder Mattia Lanzano. The unsure, homesick and flapable Italian never looked deserving of the shirt even before his rushed clearance at Burton Albion lead to the Brewer’s second goal. He followed that up with feeble stature, pathetic jumping and poor positioning in his final outing and 3 goals conceded against Hereford United, which gave Paolo enough cause to banish Lanzano from the side.

With long servant Phil Smith injured and also hardly a universally favoured first choice, the loan signing of Foderingham – for an initial period of 3 months – was a gamble seeing that the youngster had never played a Football League match and his only recent experience was with Bromley, Boreham Wood and Histon in the non-leagues. However Wes was certainly a gamble which paid off, leading Town to convince Palace to part with their ‘keeper in January and the rest is history.

You don’t really need me to show you the statistics (for all competitions) to prove Foderingham’s superiority, but here you go anyway…

KEY STATS

Games Played

Minutes

Conceded

Wes Foderingham

41

3690

22

Mattia Lanzano

7

578

10

Phil Smith

11

952

13

With Mattia slowly adjusting to life in England, Phil Smith started the season in goal which culminated with our poor start to the season. Without wishing to single out Smith, he was clearly one of many factors that cost us points, culminating in Phil losing 63.6% of games he featured.

 

Win %

Draw %

Lose %

Wes Foderingham

70.8%

14.6%

14.6%

Mattia Lanzano

57.1%

14.3%

28.6%

Phil Smith

27.3%

9.1%

63.6%

Wes conceded 22 goals in his 41 games, which equates to a goal conceded for every 168 minutes which is nearly two full ninety minutes.

Lanzano was the most likely to concede. The Italian ‘stopper’ – using ‘stopper in it’s loosest possible terms – conceded ever 1.4 games / every 58 minutes.

All three ‘keepers kept clean sheet, including notable shut outs for Lanzano against Southend United and away at Crawley, which culminated in our club and league record clean sheets in the League of 26 in total and 18 as hosts. However, it was ‘Super’ Wes Foderingham who kept the opposition at bay for more than half of his matches, making a total of 24 and a club record six successive clean sheets in the League.

 

Conceded

Conceded Per Game

Goal Conceded Every…

Clean Sheets

Clean Sheet Every…

Wes Foderingham

22

0.56

167.7 minutes

24

0.59 games

Mattia Lanzano

10

1.43

57.8 minutes

2

0.29 games

Phil Smith

13

1.18

73.2 minutes

3

0.27 games

Turning to the number of shots on target faced by each ‘keeper, Foderingham was the busiest of all three ‘keepers, facing a shot to save every 23 minutes.

If there’s proof that our defence can take massive credit for the success of Foderingham, allowing him to make so many clean sheets, is the low frequency of shots against compared to last season when Lucas and Smith was called into saving every 19 minutes of football.

Mattia Lanzano had the worst save rate of 50% despite being called to face a shot every 29 minutes, meaning Lanzano would actually make a save nearly every 60 minutes of his time on the pitch.

 

Total Shots on Target Faced

Total Saves

Shot Faced Every…

Save Every…

% Save Rate

Wes Foderingham

158

136

23.4 minutes

27.1 minutes

86.1%

Mattia Lanzano

20

10

28.9 minutes

57.8 minutes

50%

Phil Smith

38

25

25.1 minutes

38.1 minutes

65.8%

Phil Smith’s save rate of 65.8% is a marginal improvement over 2010/11 when he kept out 64.9% of the opponent’s shots.

Foderingham’s contribute was immense. His save rate at 86.1% is phenomenal. As a comparison, Shrewsbury had the best percentage save rate in League Two at 82.9%. Town’s in League Two was 81.2%. Foderingham’s save rate in the league only was a massive 89.3%.

Finally, we’ve found a goalkeeper!

2 comments

  • I think the season turning point was when we signed Foderingham. We were lacking in a confident keeper. Lanzano was under pressure to be the new number one and,sadly, couldn’t keep pace with the football of the division. Smith was a committed and able keeper but suffered from lack of team action and was very ring rusty when called to the fore. Foderingham came in and instantly commanded his area and his defence with a authority that was sorely lacking before. He was able to rise to the challenge because he abilities backed up his confidence. Some will point towards the capture of Paul Benson as the catalyst for our success but I say that the change in keeper was the key factor in that.

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  • ghost of malpas

    Top clubs will soon be snooping I fear

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