June 12, 2012
In the last instalment of my statistical Swans season breakdown, I'll be looking at a Swansea City 'best eleven'. There aren't many surprises, but there is plenty of food for thought.
June 4, 2012
With the commotion of Brendan Rodgers' move to Liverpool now waning and Huw Jenkins yet to announce a new manager, news on the Swans front has gone quiet... for the moment. So it's a perfect time to continue my end of season stats round-up. In part three, we'll be looking at the Swans attack.
May 28, 2012
Part two of my post-season stats roundup looks at the Swansea midfield.
May 24, 2012
It feels like it's been a long while since I scratched my stats itch. So over the next few posts, I shall be looking at how the Swans made out this season in numbers, starting with...
April 14, 2012
I'd previously wondered whether a couple of losses meant the wheels were starting to come off Brendan's bus. After a fourth loss in a row, it's hard to argue that they're not. What's going wrong, and how can the Swans fix it?
March 16, 2012
After a recent article in The Sun newspaper showed that Swansea would be sixth in the table based on performances so far this calendar year, I began to wonder what a similar experiment might show.
Following the superb victory over Man City, I have put together a mini league table based solely on the three promoted teams results versus big six opposition. Here's what I found...
February 23, 2012
The Swans are off enjoying a training camp in Tenerife during what feels like an absurdly long break before the home stretch of the season. Meanwhile the board have been arguing over a new McDonalds which threatens to put the squeeze on future stadium expansion plans (as well as Stephen Dobbie's already slim chances of making the first eleven). With blog-worthy news thin on the ground, I'm going to shake off some rust and speculate over the Swans remaining fixtures to figure out the teams chances of staying up.
November 26, 2011
It's been roughly another month since my last comprehensive stats breakdown and semi-tongue-in-cheek awards ceremony, so it's time to dust off the spreadsheet and see who's been doing what well in a Swans shirt most recently.
November 3, 2011
The Swans recovery following a humbling loss to Norwich City three weeks ago has demonstrated the underlying steel Brendan Rodgers has been manufacturing in his charges since taking over the reigns of the club. The Swans put on a clinical display at Wolves a week after the loss, only to be forced to settle for a draw after the sort of meltdown that might put other teams into a tailspin until Christmas. Not the Swans. Instead, Brendan's boys returned home to comfortably demolish a pretty decent Bolton Wanderers team, 3-1.
October 29, 2011
The obvious storyline for the Swans home fixture against Bolton this afternoon is the return of Darren Pratley. Pratley was one of my favourite players when he was with the Swans, and ironically is just the kind of all-action physical midfielder the team could do with at the moment. The talk might be all about his return to the Liberty, but something far more significant has taken place behind the scenes at Swansea.
October 15, 2011
The international break has seen Joe Allen win his first starts for Wales - and play well - and Michel Vorm take over from an injured Maarten Stekelenburg in the Dutch goal. Allen's Wales debut allowed the Swans to feature three players among the national side's starters for the first time since the early Eighties, and demonstrates the Swans contribution to what Brendan Rodgers has described as the start of a Golden Era for Welsh sport.
October 8, 2011
With an international break coming roughly a month after my first Swans stats summary, I thought now would be as good a time as ever to go for part two. Let's call it a monthly feature. With seven Premier League games played, more of the first team squad have had a chance to feature and a chance to build up some stats to look at. As before, I'll be rolling out my "awards" at the end, including one or two brand new ones, such as the Kool & The Gang Award for best goal celebration. First, we'll take a look at each area of the field, starting with the attack.
September 28, 2011
I like Stoke. Not nearly enough that I don't want to see Swans take them apart at the Liberty on Sunday of course, but I have grown fond of them. I know that's not a fashionable opinion, mostly because Stoke don't play fashionable football. But it is easy to respect someone when they do something well, and Stoke's one-team mission to resurrect old fashioned football in this most modern of eras is a work of beauty. It's an ugly beauty, but it's there none the less. Plus, they're a well run club.
September 15, 2011
I had been planning on a whimsical mid-week update with a new "performance index" and some observations about the coming game versus West Bromwich Albion. However, a double-dose of unexpected bad news has landed on the Swans doorstep, and although I'll still be rolling out the index, it will now be as an inadequate dessert to follow a revised main course of misery.
September 7, 2011
With three Premier League games gone, Swansea have played enough football for me to take a look at the team from another perspective; statistically! We all know the adage about statistics and lies, so I'll present my findings with one caveat - don't take it too seriously. It's meant to provide an interesting insight and hopefully create some debate. For the most part, the statistics mentioned will exclude players who have only made bit-part appearances (so Leroy Lita's 100% passing accuracy from all of seven passes won't be counted, for example). I'll start off by breaking the team down into broad units, and then hand out some "awards", which I will re-evaluate each week or so. There'll also be my own "performance index" to indicate which five players are riding high and which are laying low.