Thursday, 13 February 2014

Stoke 1 - Swansea 1 Stats, Chalkboards and Review

The Super Garry Monk bandwagon keeps rolling on!  There were chances to take all 3 points but to get something after being 1-0 down at half time against a team that have had comfortable 2-0 wins on our two previous visits to the Britannia is a decent result.

Shots by Minute: Stoke with 4 efforts before Swansea's first but only 2 attempts in the 2nd half
Conditions (and the opposition) meant is was likely to be a fairly messy match but generally speaking there was plenty of control from Swansea with Nathan Dyer in particular in great form.
Dyer attempted 14 take-ons, 8 more than the next highest player (Pablo).  He was also the most fouled player with Charlie Adam being the player making the most fouls (4).

Under Monk the wingers certainly seem to stay out wide more, the chalkboard below compares Dyer against Stoke along with Dyer against West Ham a couple of weeks ago.
Dyer far more involved against Stoke and generally right against the touchline

There shouldn't be too much revisionism with regards to how we played under Laudrup but it certainly feels a more 'natural' approach with increased width and a greater amount of pressing.