Controlled Zone Entries: Rangers at Livingston

Nathan Oduwa, courtesy of RFC

written by – Rangers Report

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

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Player CZE Pos Res Success Rate Highlighted Team results
Lee Wallace 11 7 0.64 4 shots, cross into box
James Tavernier 11 7 0.64 3 shots, 2 crosses into box, free kick, throw in
Barrie McKay 6 2 0.33 shot, goal
Jason Holt 5 4 0.80 2 throw ins, shot, cross into box
Dominic Ball 5 3 0.60 throw in
Nathan Oduwa 4 3 0.75 cross into box
Rob Kiernan 3 1 0.33
Andy Halliday 3 3 1.00 free kick, throw in
Dean Shiels 2 2 1.00
Kenny Miller 2 1 0.50
Gedion Zelalem 1 1 1.00 free kick
Total 53 34 0.64  
Livingston 10 6 0.60 2 shots, goal, 2 crosses into box

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.

  • Rangers created 83% of the Controlled Zone Entries in the game & both goals in the match came off of CZE.
  • Even though Barrie McKay & Nathan Oduwa were driving play into the final third early on, once that hit a snag – the Rangers full backs carried the play.  Of Rangers’ Controlled Entries into the final third, 42% came from Lee Wallace & James Tavernier.  Even more telling of how much they were relied upon to generate chances, 70% of Rangers shots came as a results of CZE from the full backs.
  • Gedion Zelalem had one Controlled Zone Entry into the final third.  That number needs to marinate before any real conclusions are made.
  • After Livingston scored, the dropped further back & center backs Rob Kiernan & Dominic Ball began to drive play into the final third.  Their combined positive results rate was 50%, which was significantly less then when other players had the CZE (66% positive results).

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