Controlled Zone Entries: Rangers v Livingston

Barrie McKay, 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 9 7 0.78 3 shots
Lee Wallace 5 5 1.00 shot, corner
Nicky Law 5 2 0.40 throw-in, shot
Jason Holt 4 4 1.00 corner
Andy Halliday 4 2 0.50 throw-in
Nathan Oduwa 3 3 1.00 shot, 2 thrown-ins
James Tavernier 3 3 1.00 free kick, throw-in
Martyn Waghorn 3 2 0.67 shot
Dominic Ball 1 1 1.00
Nicky Clark 1 1 1.00
Totals 38 30 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.

  • The 35 total Controlled Zone Entries is low for Rangers & that  controlled drive into the final third was particularly less prevalent in the second half.
  • Obviously Barrie McKay sticks out for his positive play, as he drove 26% of Rangers controlled entries into the final third.
  • Lee Wallace was very active as well, as much of Rangers play was coming from the left wing, with McKay & Wallace combining for 40% of the CZEs.
  • The worrisome number here is James Tavernier’s three CZEs.  That is a very low number from him, as he & the other right sided players only combined for 26% of the controlled entries into the final third.   When Tavernier is driving play it brings a real threat to Rangers attack & consequently balances out the play with McKay’s threat from the left.
  • Nathan Oduwa’s numbers are even more impressive given that he only played half the match & was probably injured for much of his time on the pitch.

Apologies for the delay on the Advanced Match Report – it will be posted within next twelve hours.

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