A League 2 blog with an overwhelmingly pro-Torquay United bias
Prepare yourselves for a monster of a graph. All 72 league clubs ranked on how many shots on average it took for them to score a goal this season, colour-coded by which division they were in:
Looking at how the colours are clustered, I think it’s pretty uncontroversial to conclude that it’s a lot harder to score goals in the Championship, presumably due to there being a lot of defensive players with Premier League experience that the weaker sides don’t have the personnel to break down. Only one of the top 12 most efficient attacks belonged to a Championship side, while 4 of the most profligate 5 reside there (or at least did until their recent relegation).
Overall there’s a broad correlation between how efficient a team’s attack is and their final placing in the league table, with a few notable exceptions. Millwall are quite close to the bottom despite finishing a respectable 9th in the Championship while Watford, Sheffield Wednesday and Northampton all place higher in this list than their modest achievements this season would suggest.
With Clayton Donaldson set to move on, Crewe will struggle to maintain what is statistically the most efficient attack in the Football League, while at the shameful end of the list Coventry may even top this dismal showing next season if they’re unable to adequately replace Marlon King.