Controlled Zone Entries: Rangers v Dumbarton

Andy Halliday, 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
Andy Halliday 12 6 0.50 goal, 4 shots, throw-in
Jason Holt 10 7 0.70 goal, 2 shots, 2 corners, throw-in
James Tavernier 9 5 0.56 2 shots, throw-in, free kick
Lee Wallace 7 1 0.14
Gedion Zelalem 6  0 0.00
Martyn Waghorn 5 2 0.40 2 shots
Kenny Miller 3 2 0.67 shot, goal
Nicky Clark 2 1 0.50 corner
Dominic Ball 2 1 0.50 throw-in
Barrie McKay 1 1 1.00
Rob Kiernan 1 1 1.00 shot
Nathan Oduwa 1 1 1.00
Totals 59 28 0.47 12 shots
Dumbarton 2 1 0.50 shot

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.

  • Andy Halliday is becoming more & more a focal point in triggering Rangers attacks in the final third.  In matches against particularly inferior opponents, there really isn’t a need for a ‘defensive midfielder’.  So, in turn, you have Halliday pushing further up the pitch & getting more involved offensively.  In the past two games, he has 23 Controlled Zone Entries & has become a critical contributor in Rangers’  attacks.  Ultimately, Rangers generated four shots & a goal from Halliday’s CZE.
  • Dumbarton seemed to make a concerted effort to limit the impact of the full backs forays into the final third & it appears that Rangers decided to rely on launching its attacks centrally as a response.  Of the controlled entries into the final third, 47% came from the heart of the midfield in Halliday, Jason Holt & Gedion Zelalem.
  • It almost felt like Rangers went with a ‘strikerless’ approach at times, as Martyn Waghorn & then Kenny Miller drifted back into deeper positions & often ended up triggering attacks into the final third on their own.  Of their entries, 38% resulted in a shot on goal & Kenny Miller’s dash into the final third resulted in Nathan Oduwa’s first goal of the season.
  • Barrie McKay now only has four CZE in the past two matches as he is either being instructed to position himself further up the pitch or he is hitting a bit of a hiccup in his play.  He still showed moments of real vision but Rangers often is at its best when McKay is driving play into the final third.
  • It’s interesting to note that Rangers had 34 CZE in the first half & 25 in the second half.  Dumbarton completely ceded possession in the opening half as Rangers kept trying to chip away at a stack defence.  This was the second straight week in which Rangers had exactly 34 CZE in the first half.
  • Dominic Ball has the same amount of controlled entries into the final third as Dumbarton did as a team.

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