A Few Closing League One Thoughts

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A Few Closing League One Thoughts

Post by JohnC »

Turned out nice, again.

Well, in the end it seemed as if we staggered over the finishing line with all the poise and elan of an inebriated pig traversing an oily ice-rink. Not so fast, though….
Our last-quarter (11 games) figures read:
P11 W6 D3 L2 F26 A12 Pts 21 PPG 1.9
Project that points return over the season and we end up with 88 points. We actually finished with 87.

Home and Away
We built our success on strong home form. In the final stretch, however, our home form reads: P6 W2 D3 L1 Pts9 PPG 1.5
Away from home: P5 W4 D0 L1 Pts12 PPG 2.4

Not as Bad as it Seemed at the Time….
When we lost at Burton, they were in the middle of a W8 D1 L1 sequence. We lost at Blackpool, who finished third. We drew at Oxford, who finished sixth.

Pym’s unexpected reappearance at the Keepmoat provided a positive indicator for the coming season; he produced two outstanding saves. Bursik won a lot of hearts and minds, both on-pitch and on-camera. Gyollai could be excused for feeling that he was treated a little churlishly in being denied an appearance at Doncaster.

We had 166 corners in 46 games, and scored from two of them – three if you include the Portsmouth own goal. Whatever training-ground time we’re allocating to this aspect of the game could clearly be better spent. In the last four seasons, Tafazzoli and Beevers have scored two goals. Beevers is goalless: why keep sending him up for corners? He may require marking, but I can’t remember his presence creating any significant chances for us, and he may be getting in the way of our other players.
I seem to remember that the successful Liverpool teams of the 1980s hardly ever lofted corners into the penalty area, but that’s all we seem to do. Were Dembele to take a short corner and collect the return pass, he’d have the ball at his feet near the by-line, facing the goal with probably one defender to beat, initially. I like that scenario, but how often have we seen it from a corner?

Defenders and Goal-scoring
Obviously, the division’s top scorers haven’t had many problems scoring goals.
Defenders contributed five; the departing Mason’s effort at Doncaster was the first from a defender since Thompson’s goal against Rochdale on Dec 12 – 28 games ago.

Since we were relegated, these teams have been automatically promoted from League One:
Wolves, Brentford, Bristol City, MK Dons, Wigan (twice), Burton, Sheffield United, Bolton, Blackburn, Luton, Barnsley, Coventry and Rotherham.
They were joined from the play-offs by Rotherham (twice), Preston, Barnsley, Millwall, Charlton and Wycombe.
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