Without getting too 'Sliding Doors' about it, there's plenty to suggest even though the Gary Player mantra of 'The more I practice, the luckier I get' may be true overall, for any individual event luck (or random variation) can play a major role in how things turn out.
What's this got to do with the Swans? Well the reason I've mentioned Rob Green is that after 8 minutes in the first league game of the season he let in what was a fairly average shot from Michu and the rest is history.
Season review compilation by Dan Edwards with Michu's goal v. QPR at the start
I'm not saying that if Rob Green had saved Michu's shot that roles would have been reversed and QPR finish top 10 and Swansea get relegated. QPR were pretty terrible all season but the match wasn't as one-sided as a 0-5 scoreline suggests.
That first game against QPR was one of those where pretty much everything went right for Swansea, in terms of shots QPR had the majority and as can be seen by the first and second half chalkboards, it was only 0-1 at half time but Swansea managed to convert 4 of 7 attempts in the second half.
|QPR/Swansea shots by 1st half (left image) and 2nd half (right), QPR with plenty of attempts but good Swansea finishing and shoddy QPR defending resulted in a pretty big beating|
At the other end of the season was the match at home to Fulham which despite a multitude of chances for Swansea, ends up as 3-0 to Fulham:
|Swans/Fulham Attempts: 10 attempts on target and no goals is a fairly rare event with Fulham scoring with 3 of their 5 on target|
Looking at the league season as a whole, in 23 of 38 games the opposition had more attempts on goal than Swansea. The relative attempt counts range from Swansea 27 to Fulham's 9 all the way to Liverpool having 35 to Swansea's 3 in the hammering the week before the Capital One cup final.
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