Saturday, 22 March 2014

Everton 3 - Swansea 2 Stats and Chalkboards

I keep telling myself it'll all be OK in the end and that our season won't be defined by games like this one or the one against Arsenal on Tuesday, but we're starting to run out of matches to do something in now.

On the bright side, from all the bookie's odds and predictive models people have put together we're still only around a 10-15% chance of being relegated, luckily games are running out for everyone else as well.

This was yet another game where a promising first half fell away and the match pretty much over after an hour with Everton's 2 goals early in the 2nd half.  I've seen plenty of criticism of Bony's substitution but if Monk felt game was done then there's some sense in it to keep Bony fresh and to give Michu minutes.

Shots by Minute: Swans starting well with a couple of early efforts and a strong last 15 minutes of the first half but the good work undone early in the 2nd
Pass wise it can be seen that after the Everton goal, Swans had the vast majority of the ball and Everton only attempted 3 passes in the last 5 minutes of the first half.
Passing Stats Pretty similar up to Everton's goal with Everton ramping it up again at the start of the 2nd half
A (very) small positive is that we scored the best goal of the game with Bony's finish coming at the end of a move that from Right to Left and back to Right:
Bony goal: Some nice passing and movement and an easy finish for Bony
Looking at the stats from the match, one of the ones that stuck out for me was the attempted take-ons (dribbles) with Swansea only having one successful which came via Chico.

Plenty of activity for the Swans in the right kind of areas but snuffed out by Everton (and in particular by Leighton Baines).
For me the Arsenal game represents a sort of a free hit, if we have another first half like we've had in recent games then there's no reason to think we can't repeat the exploits of the win at the Emirates last season.