Controlled Zone Entries: Tavernier puts on a clinic

James Tavernier, courtesy of RFC
James Tavernier, 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
James Tavernier 13 8 0.62 goal, 2 shots, corner, throw-in
Andy Halliday 8 6 0.75 2 shots, corner
Lee Wallace 7 5 0.71 2 shots
Barrie McKay 7 3 0.43 shot, free kick
Jason Holt 6 5 0.83 corner, 2 throw-ins
Martyn Waghorn 6 4 0.67 goal, 3 shots, 2 throw-ins
Nicky Law 6 4 0.67 goal, shot, throw-in
Rob Kiernan 2 2 1.00 corner
Danny Wilson 2 1 0.50 shot
Nicky Clark 1 1 1.00
Dean Shiels 1 1 1.00
Gedion Zelalem 1 0 0.00
Kenny Miller 1 0 0.00
Totals 61 40 0.66 3 goals, 12 shots

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.

  • It should be noted that there is a real margin of error here given the camera angles from Dumbarton’s stadium & the interesting directorial decisions by the Rangers TV crew on Saturday.
  • Of Rangers total shots, 60% came on controlled entries into the final third & half of their goals came from CZEs.
  • Rangers nearly doubled their Controlled Zone Entries from last week against Hibs but is interesting to note that they had the same success rate when it came to generating shots.  In both matches they got a shot on 30% of their controlled entries into the final third.
  • James Tavernier led the way with 21% of the CZE & the goal that came on his 64th minute CZE actually began with the right back having a controlled exit from the defensive third.  He sent the ball up to Barrie McKay who eventually gave it back to Tavernier as he entered the final third.  From there, Tavernier set up Miller’s third goal of the game.


courtesy of Mike Driggs
courtesy of Mike Driggs

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