Controlled Zone Entries: Rangers v Queen of the South

James Tavernier, 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 Highlighted Team results
Barrie McKay 8 8 1.00 2 corners, free kick, shot
James Tavernier 8 6 0.75 corner
Jason Holt 5 4 0.80 2 shots
Andy Halliday 5 3 0.60 corner
Nathan Oduwa 5 3 0.60 penalty
Dean Shiels 4 4 1.00 corner
Martyn Waghorn 4 4 1.00 2 shots
Lee Wallace 4 4 1.00 2 shots
Dominic Ball 3 1 0.33 shot
Nicky Law 2 1 0.50
Total 48 38 0.79

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 understand where 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.

  • When Barrie McKay is playing like this, it brings a much needed balance to Rangers attack.  With McKay & Lee Wallace with 12 CZEs from the left & James Tavernier & Martyn Waghorn with 12 CZEs on the right, defences are left with their heads spinning.  McKay not only was entering the zone at a high rate, but the team’s results featured a shot & three set-pieces.
  • Gedion Zelalem has been the point man from the central part of the attack but since he’s been out, the duties have been a shared by the likes of Jason Holt, Andy Halliday, & Dean Shiels.  The trio played extremely well as a collective totaling 14 CZEs.
  • Martyn Waghorn’s versatility is really on display on weekly basis now.  He has proven to being very capable of driving play from the right, now it may be time to see if a Ryan Hardie can take on that striker role when Waghorn is flanked out to the right.  Kenny Miller only managed one shot on Saturday & while he was involved in other ways – he still seems best suited to come off the bench at this point.
  • Dominic Ball had a strong game & his ability to carry the play into the final third as a center back was a revelation.
  • Nathan Oduwa only played about half an hour which makes his five CZEs even that more impressive.  His speed & directness had the defence on their heels.

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