Controlled Zone Entries: Rangers v St. Johnstone

Nathan Oduwa, courtesy of RFC

written by – Rangers Report

Note:  For an explanation of this statistic, please read this introductory post.

Player CZE Pos Res Success Rate Notes
James Tavernier 15 8 0.53 shot, 2 shot attempts, corner
Gedion Zelalem 9 4 0.44 foul earned
Nathan Oduwa 6 4 0.67 corner, goal
Barrie McKay 5 5 1.00 3 corners
Lee Wallace 4 4 1.00 shot
Dean Shiels 3 3 1.00 foul earned, corner
Martyn Waghorn 2 0 0.00
Jason Holt 2 2 1.00 shot
Andy Halliday 2 1 0.50 corner
Nicky Law 1 1 1.00
 Totals 49 32 0.65

CZE:  Controlled Zone Entry, Pos Res:  Positive Result, Success Rate:  percentage of controlled entries turned into a positive result

This data is meant to be an entry point to further understandwhere Rangers attack is being generated.  It is, however, only a starting point.  

These stats would have much greater meaning if passing in the final third was tracked.  The players mentioned above are the catalysts for advanced play in the attacking third, but the ultimate results usually fall upon the feet of their teammates.

  • James Tavernier almost single-handedly took it upon himself to break down St. Johnstone’s defence.  Of the controlled entries into the final third, Tavernier led 31% of them.  Of the team’s positive results, 25% came when Tavernier was dictating the zone entry.
  • Gedion Zelalem has 17 controlled entries in the past two matches – only Tavernier has more.
  • Nathan Oduwa was quiet for much of the match but clearly the directive was given to him to get the ball forward & the results were there.
  • After a poor outing against Dumbarton, Barrie McKay came on & emphatically drove Rangers attack.
  • Martyn Waghorn, who was deployed out on the right for much of the match, only had two CZEs – meaning the attack up the right flank was exclusively Tavernier.  Compared to attacks coming from the left, which was split between Oduwa (6 CZEs) & Lee Wallace (4 CZEs)
  • Noticeable absent is Kenny Miller, who had four Controlled Zone Entries this weekend against Dumbarton.

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