Decent submitted post here, written by Andy Badger, which to be honest shocked me a bit, as I have a brother named Andy. It’s not him though, far too articulate;
Before I get started, I wasn’t expecting a result today. A point would have been nice and a win would have been great but I’m afraid that we’re not good enough to expect points against the likes of Everton at the moment. I don’t think we’ve got anything to worry about in terms of maintaining Premier League football but I just want a bit more.
I didn’t go to the game today but from what I’ve heard and more importantly, from the stats I’ve read we’re really struggling to get even the most basic elements of the game right. Our possession from today’s game (according to Sky) was 28.7% and more alarmingly, our pass success rate was 57.4%. Nearly 1 in 2 passes went astray? Really? That’s hard to imagine at any level of the game.
Recent quote from the Guardian – ‘The Aston Villa manager says that over-analysing numbers can “burn your brain” and overcomplicate a game that is “all about the scoreline”.’ Not a surprising statement given how poor our stats really are. According to www.whoscored.com Villa’s possession and pass success is better only than Crystal Palace’s in the league.
I’m sure there’ll be a few comments saying that it’s the score that matters but really football is supposed to be entertainment and I don’t particularly like watching my team camped in our own box hoping for chance to counter attack.
Bill Shankly is quoted as saying, “Football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple.” Well, the simple truth is that we can’t pass and unless this changes we can expect to be as poor as we are now for a long time to come.