Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Wigan Review - Chalkboards

Could have been better, could have been worse. It is certainly far too early in the season to have been a 'Must Win' game, but had Ben Watson converted his penalty then two games and two defeats would have made grim reading.

It's certain that there'll be countless 'What if' and 'If only' moments in a season but confidence and belief go a long way to what seperates 15th and 20th place.

The first chalkboard below looks at Swansea's overall passing compared to Wigan's. After 523 completed passes against Man City last week, there were 508 against Wigan, with the main focal points being Caulker - Agustien - Rangel:

 by Guardian Chalkboards

The second chalkboard looks at activity at the sharp end with attempts on goal for the two teams. These show a much more even balance with Swansea's 4 shots on target coming in the 2nd, 82nd, 84th and 85th minute which suggests for all that posession, actual threats were limited.

 by Guardian Chalkboards

It should also be pointed out that 2 of the 4 attempts on target came from Stephen Dobbie who only came on after 74 minutes (nothing against Wayne Routledge, but I do have a soft spot for Dobbie).