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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Swansea 0 - Southampton 0 Stats and Chalkboards

This was a game that probably won't take up much space on the end of season DVD, there was some nice build up play but little bite in the final third, with the best chances arguably going to Southampton (as well as Southampton having a goal disallowed - probably unfairly).
Attempts by side, Swansea may have had more attempts but most carried little threat.  Both sides had two Clear Cut Chances each but failed to convert.  
The quality of Swansea's crossing was patchy at best during the game despite it being a tactic used far more than normal.  As a comparison, from open play, Swansea complete 3 of 25 crosses (12%) vs. Southampton compared with 5 of 13 (38%) against Newcastle a few weeks ago.

Biggest culprit against Southampton was Dyer who found a team-mate with only 1 of 8 crosses:
Crosses by Team - Including Corners.  Little success for either side
It was a pity about the end product from Dyer as I thought he had a pretty good game in parts and an awful lot of the ball was down the right with him and Rangel.

I don't know if it was the substitution of Moore at half time, but the first 10-15 minutes of the second half looked particularly disjointed with an awful lot of misplaced passes:
Forward passes during the first 15 minutes of the 2nd Half (left) and remainder of 2nd half (right).  Plenty of the ball down the right during the last half hour, but the number of incomplete passes through the centre is noticable.
Over the last few games I've been keeping track of the number of passes received by Michu when he plays up front compared to a deeper role.  Normally he receives the ball around 25-30 times when playing up front and around double that when in a deeper role.

The figures from the Southampton game were pretty surprising as Michu only received a pass from a team-mate 5 times in the second half.
Michu particularly quiet in the 2nd half, although the passes he did receive were certainly in more dangerous areas.

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Match Stats and Chalkboards: Created using Statszone / EPL Index