Analytical Match Report: Rangers 2 Ayr United 0

Nicky Clark, courtesy of RFC

written by – Rangers Report

This aim of this Analytical Match Report is to enhance the analysis of Rangers performance by providing a variety of advanced stats from the game.  Explanations of these stats can be found in our tutorial for these reports. 

Note:  data was not available for shot locations so — Expected Goals & the Shot Quality Breakdown will not be included but will be for league matches.

Possession vs. Quality Possession

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It was not a precise & dominant performance by Rangers, but Ayr never threatened to get much out of the game either.  The fact that Rangers dominated the shots & shots on target is a trend that continues, even when they are not a their finest.

Shooting Efficiency

Shots Shots on Target Sh Acc Sh%
Rangers 16 8 0.500 0.250
Ayr United 5 1 0.200 0.000

Rangers Report Game Chart

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Ayr United’s first shot came in the 81st minute & then they finished with a flurry of three in the final five minutes.  To reiterate, Rangers went the first 80 minutes without even allowing a single shot.

Goalkeeper Distribution Ratings

This advanced stat is unique to Rangers Report & is explained in this post.

GDR
Greg Fleming 0.48
Wes Foderingham 0.71

Ayr deserves credit for trying to play the ball out of the back, the first team to do so against Rangers.  Fleming played short balls, either rolled or kicked, 48% of the time.  Ayr successfully established possession in Rangers half 67% of the time on that distribution.  When he did go long, his GDR was 0.38.  Foderingham played short 90% of the time & his GDR was 0.79 on those balls.  Neither of his long balls successfully led to possession for Rangers in Ayr’s half.

Individual Outliers

courtesy of RFC

Rangers outshot Ayr United 16 to 0 with James Tavernier on the pitch.

This may have been Barrie McKay’s best game in a Rangers strip since 2012.  When he & Nathan Oduwa featured on the left – the defense could do very little but back off the play.

In 59 minutes, the youngster was a pretty constant threat & his hard work paid off with an assist on Barrie McKay’s goal.  Jason Holt got the other assist on Nicky Clark’s goal.

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