Greenwich Gull

A League 2 blog with an overwhelmingly pro-Torquay United bias

Shooting in Championship & League 1

Just a quick post this morning in response to people asking to see the Championship and League 1 versions of this one I did for League 2. I don’t have as much data for these divisions (yet), but I have managed to produce the following graphs, which essentially provide a visualisation of how many shots each team takes on average and what proportion actually hit the target.

Championship:

Usually these graphs broadly correlate to how teams performed in the league table, but there are some interesting exceptions here. Coventry had a forgettable season but fired in a lot of shots, which explains their low position in this graph of attacking efficiency. At the other end, Forest’s play-off finish looks to have been the result of a lethally efficient attack as few sides mustered less efforts at goal. Checking back to the post I just linked to, you’ll see that only Watford’s front line is better at converting chances in the Championship.

League 1:

There are a few surprises here too, with MK Dons’ own play-off place having been achieved despite registering the fewest shots on goal, suggesting a patient style of play and not pulling the trigger wastefully. Southampton and Peterborough’s promotions look to be the result of all-action performances in which they battered opponents into submission with a relentless barrage of shots. It’s interesting that Dag & Red and Plymouth place so highly given their relegation – clearly it wasn’t for the want of trying!

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This entry was posted on June 19, 2011 by in analysis.
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