Monday, 25 November 2013

Fulham 1 - Swans 2 - Stats and Review

This was a controlling display from about 35 minutes onwards that was nearly undone by a mixture of leaving Scott Parker unattended from the corner and the kind of finish I that was surely unintentional as he manage to find an area of the goal not much bigger than the ball to score in.

Swansea rode their luck in the first half hour or so as despite the Swans having the majority of the ball, Fulham had the best two chances with Bent's header and then his shot hitting the post when clean through.

After that Fulham's only effort on goal between the 34th and 85th minute was Parker's cross/shot and the chart below shows how little Fulham offered in terms of attacking threat, backing up their previous form in the league so far this season where prior to Saturday they averaged under 8 shots per game.
Shots by Minute: Swansea with a pretty regular stream of attempts from last 10 minutes of 1st half onwards
Chris Wathan from Wales Online has put a good review of the game together with a focus on Rangel and Davies. Given the form of Man City at home so far this season, it'll be interesting to see how Laudrup sets the team up with possibly Rangel taking on the role as right winger that he finished the Fulham game in (and started there last season against Everton).

Fulham were surprisingly direct with quite a lot played long to Berbatov but to be fair to Fulham it did create some moments of panic, including the long ball headed back by Chico into Bent's path where he then hit the post:
Passes Received by Berbatov, plenty of long balls, with a number of Aerial Duels (see below)
Berbatov had 16 Aerial duels, 7 more than anyone else (Bent with 9)
Shelvey's cameo at the end of the match again showed his huge potential (it seems strange to talk about potential in someone who has been around the Premier League for so long but he's actually 5 months younger than Pozuelo).

If Shelvey was the finished article he'd probably be worth 3 times the £5m we paid for him, he's still making mistakes but could end up being a major player in the Swans future over the next decade.
Shelvey's goal, green star is his take-on past a defender. The ability to go past players within tight spaces around the edge of the box is an invaluable ability and Shelvey seems more two-footed than most players which is a big advantage
I was expecting Britton and Shelvey to start this one and Canas and De Guzman to play vs. Valencia, we'll have to wait and see if Laudrup does swap the midfield two or if he goes for something more defensive with a view to taking the 1 point needed to guarantee qualification.

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Match Stats: Created using Statszone , Whoscored  and Squawka
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