We Don’t Score Goals?

Monday, 20 August 2001, 0:00
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John says “I was not happy with the result because I know we can do better. “I will be working hard with the boys to make sure we finish off our good moves in the future.”
OK, Saturday was John’s 140th league match in charge of Swansea City (excluding two play-off matches) and this is his overall league record
Season P W D L F A Pts GD
1998-1999 46 19 14 13 56 47 71 9
1999-2000 46 24 13 9 51 30 85 21
2000-2001 46 8 13 25 47 73 37 -26
2001-2002 2 1 1 0 3 1 4 2
Totals 140 52 41 47 157 151 197 6
157 goals in 140 league games, hardly surprising then that we are drawing so many blanks at the moment. It’s been the same story for most of those 140 games. Let’s break those stats down a little further
Swansea City Opposition
45 Failed To Score 47
52 1 Goal 56
29 2 Goals 24
11 3 Goals 7
2 4 Goals 3
0 5 Goals 3
1 6 Goals 0
The average score in a league game under John Hollins is Swansea 1.12 The Opposition 1.08. It doesn’t exactly bode for high scoring games week in week out does it?
Steve Watkin is the leading scorer in the league under John Hollins with 32 league goals (just over 20%) whilst 4 of the next five on the list (Giovanni Savarese, Julian Alsop, Jason Price and Walter Boyd) are no longer at the club. Again, it hardly bodes for consistent goalscoring. A look at the table below shows who has scored (and in how many appearances giving their games per goal ratio as well)
Player Starts Subs Total Goals Apps Per Goal
Steve Watkin 103 14 117 32 3.66
Jason Price 101 7 108 14 7.71
Julian Alsop 66 12 78 13 6.00
Giovanni Savarese 28 3 31 12 2.58
Nick Cusack 117 11 128 10 12.80
Walter Boyd 35 8 43 10 4.30
Stuart Roberts 47 34 81 9 9.00
Martin Thomas 70 21 91 8 11.38
Matthew Bound 127 1 128 7 18.29
Jon Coates 89 6 95 7 13.57
Richie Appleby 46 19 65 7 9.29
Jason Smith 107 0 107 5 21.40
Kristian O’Leary 49 13 62 4 15.50
Tony Bird 16 27 43 4 10.75
Steve Jones 78 4 82 3 27.33
Mattias Verschave 12 0 12 3 4.00
Michael Howard 118 3 121 1 121.00
Ryan Casey 8 22 30 1 30.00
Gareth Phillips 13 8 21 1 21.00
Nicholas Fabiano 12 4 16 1 16.00
Chris Todd 13 1 14 1 14.00
Mamady Sidebe 2 0 2 1 2.00
Players not in Bold text are no longer at the club
If you take those still at the club and put a minimum of five goals in there to give some idea then this clearly shows that Steve Watkin is (frighteningly) the most prolific goalscorer at the club with a goal every 3.66 games and the next nearest is Stuart Roberts at one every nine games.
Taking Roger Freestone out of the equation, Saturday’s starting line-up has 575 league starts between them under Hollins with a further 108 substitute appearances. The same 10 players have scored 62 league goals under Hollins between them. 1 Goal every 11 appearances. Add the two substitute appearances and that changes to 621 starts & 129 subs with 69 goals.
And John Hollins is surprised that we don’t score many goals? The stats don’t lie.
One final thought from me on this particular subject. Of all the players who have scored a league goal under John Hollins, we can split them into two categories – those that are at the club and those that are not.
Category Starts Subs Total Goals Apps Per Goal
Still Here 839 132 971 86 11.29
Gone 418 86 504 68 7.41
In short, the goalscorers appear to have gone. This statistic looks worse if you take Steve Watkin out as the ‘prolific man’
Category Starts Subs Total Goals Apps Per Goal
Still Here 736 118 854 54 15.81
Gone 418 86 504 68 7.41
Better hope that he doesn’t get injured on this basis. Draw your own conclusions from the stats but I found them quite interesting.
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