written by – Rangers Report
After four weeks the quality divide in the Scottish Championship is beginning to take shape. At the very top is Rangers & there really is no other team playing at their level so far. One clear indicator, among many, is Shots on Target Ratio. In Rangers matches, they have 81% of the shots on target. The next best team is Hibs who have a 58% SoTR.
We could keep going but on this occasion we’re going to narrow our look to the quality of shots teams are generating. Good teams want to make sure that the majority of their shots come from within the penalty box. Teams that can breakdown the final third & create chances in dangerous areas are more likely to score. Teams that struggle to create chances often will rely upon the first chance that they get & will tend to have more shots coming from outside of the penalty area. Often the prettiest goals are scored that way but the chances of scoring from a longer distance are not in your favor. Think of all of the goals that Ally McCoist scored in his career…now think of where most of those goals came from. His goals weren’t the prettiest, but the sheer volume of his goals is what set him apart during his time.
- Note the impressive volume of shots from Rangers. Even though they have taken 65% of their shots from within the penalty area, their shots from outside the box exceeds every team besides Morton.
- It is mind blowing that Morton only have two goals so far. They have taken 62 shots with 52% coming from inside the box. They are playing the right way. Before long you would they are going to break out in a big way, or a lack of confidence will send the team into a downward spiral. Stats v human nature…
- Only Rangers, Morton, Hibs, Falkirk, Dumbarton & Raith Rovers are taking the majority of their shots from within the penalty area. Only Dumbarton are not in the top five of the league table right now. Of course, Dumbarton’s advantage is less impressive given they have only taken 27 shots.
- Queen of the South is known as a counter attack team & often they rely on the breakaway opportunities rather then the sheer volume of shots.
- Teams that are taking less shots in the penalty area are either not good enough to break down a team in the final third, or are making a conscious decision to rely on long distance shots so their team can quickly transition to defence.
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