Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Wigan 2 - Swansea 3 Stats and Chalkboards

This was a pretty odd game (even without the fact that Shechter scored) and one that you could argue Wigan lost more than Swansea won.
Shots by Team - Wigan with double the number on target and Swans with 3 goals from 4 attempts on  target
Wigan were their own worst enemy, as well as some dubious defending for Shechter and Tiendalli's goals, a lot of Swansea's other chances came as a result of bad passing at the back.

In the first half in particular, Swansea looked pretty pedestrian with Wigan looking the better team and an awful lot of their playing going to Callum McManaman on the right who was having an interesting contest with Ben Davies.  Second half however little came to McManaman and he was subbed in the 64th minute.
Passes Received by McManaman - First Half (left) and up to replacement in 2nd half after 64 min (right), one of the 2 passes received in the 2nd half is probably at kick off after Swansea equalised
It's always interesting to see Rangel playing further forward on the right but arguably too much of the ball went down the right in the first half (although this may be linked to the influence of McManaman attacking Swansea's left meaning the main outlet for Swansea would be down the right).
Forward Passes by Swansea in each half - far more play down the left in more advanced positions in the second half
Pablo and Routledge seemed to be more involved in the second half down the left hand side and in and around the Wigan penalty area.  Routledge gained another assist and is for me the most improved player this season compared to under Rodgers.
Chalkboard of the Rangel goal
As well as the luck from some of Wigan's shoddy defending, Swansea also had the benefit of the last 15 minutes (if you include injury time) with an extra man as Wigan substitute Ronnie Stam was injured not long after coming on.

This limited Wigan's attacking threat to some extent and also made it harder for them to retain the ball at the back due to more aggressive pressing from Swansea.  This can be seen from Wigan keeper Joel Robel's passing pre and post the stoppage for Vorm's injury (after which Stam was introduced).
Robles passing first 85 minutes (left) and post substitutions, most balls going long with no success
I guess it's sort of a footnote to the game now, but I can only assume Ashley Williams got the nod to take the  indirect free kick in the first half because he's the player that can hit the ball the hardest.

It's the kind of situation you might only get a couple of times a season so no point practising, but would have been interesting to see something a bit more inventive that just smashing the hell out of it.  As a replacement to the 'lottery' of penalties I'd like to see a shoot out of a series of indirect free kicks from 10 yards out as it gets the whole team involved and is one of those things like 21 man brawls and referee's falling over that everyone loves.

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