Saturday, 15 September 2012

Villa 2 - Swansea 0 Chalkboard Review

A disappointing result but there will always be days where things don't quite go how you hoped.  The first goal coming from a shot that bamboozled Vorm and the second which if I'm being generous to Ashley Williams was in part due his injury contributing to a lack of movement towards the ball when attempting to head it back.

Villa certainly played a more direct game than Swansea as can be seen by the comparative amount of defensive headers undertaken by each team.
Headed Clearances by Team, with Villa tending to focus on Swansea's left with 15 of the 35 coming from Tate

Villa also played an increasing number of long balls in the second half:
The definition here of success is finding a team mate but arguably is just still a success if you retain possession, especially high up the pitch

From the stats it was also noticeable the comparison in successful take-ons past players for both sides:
Swansea with no successful take-ons in the Villa half with Dyer having 0 out of 6 successful. In his defence he was the most fouled player in the game (4 times, 2 more than anyone else) and being fouled while going past someone is not classed as a take-on 

Michu again showed he's willing to get stuck in, winning more tackles (4) than any other player.  Next highest was Ben Davies with 3:
Another good performance from Davies, although if being picky, could be argued his clearance that gave away the corner that led to the first goal could have been cleared for a throw

Luke Moore, coming on for Danny Graham, had a number of efforts and certainly seemed to be receiving the ball in more dangerous positions than Graham, although the stats don't record Graham's air shot from a great cross by Dyer:
Moore received the ball almost as many times in his 20 minutes as Graham did in his 70+ minutes

Next Saturday brings another chance to go top of the league, but more importantly another chance to get in to double figures before the end of September which would be a fine achievement.

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