On the flip side a shot that hits the woodwork is a shot that is off target. A shot that rolls towards the goal at a snails pace in the middle of the goal has more chance of going in than a shot that is off target.
We are not scoring enough goals due to the midfield, every games we have 4 defenders then our 2 cm just sit in front of those, can’t expect 4 players to constantly perform against 7-8 opposing players, plus because 2 cms sit so deep all we do is hoof the ball
It doesn’t help either that the four players he picks to play in midfield are all cut from the same cloth in terms of their mentality. Kinsella, Sinclair battle for the ball and keep it simple. Guthrie and Bates sit deep and look to get us going from there. It’s not in any of their nature to get into the opposition third.Clarke needs to swallow his pride and play either Holden or Osadebe as part of the two, or go back to the 4-2-3-1 and allow whoever plays as part of the 2 to just do what they are good at
Lot of talk for strikers but Gordon and Ade have been scoring at steady rate since start of 2020 and Lavs chips in from time to time.
I completely agree there’s no midfielder capable of breaking into box and getting 5-10 this season which any top 7 standard team really needs.
Was really disappointed Liam Sercombe didn’t sign in summer given he’d played for DC at Bristol Rovers. Exactly the type who’d give central midfield that extra quality and he’ll be playing for Cheltenham on Saturday.
Just looking at their strikeforce aswell, Alfie May, Reuben Reid and Andy Williams. They surely can’t have that much of a higher budget?
Doesn’t help that XG is the most ridiculous and pointless stat there is. If you judge football with your eyes and not an algorithm it’s pretty clear why we don’t score more goals, our finishing isn’t good enough and we don’t play killer passes. Our chances generally come from tapping it around for 15 minutes then a lump/mazy run.
Don’t agree entirely there EL N. xG has a place, it’s often a very good indicator as to whether a good run of form is sustainable or not. I do think it’s less useful when it’s being used on an individual match basis, though.