Analytic Match Report: Rangers 5 Cowdenbeath 1

Barrie McKay, courtesy of SNS
Barrie McKay, courtesy of SNS

written by – Rangers Report

This aim of this Analytical Match Report is to enhance the analysis of Rangers performance by providing a variety of advanced stats from the game.  Explanations of these stats can be found in our tutorial for these reports. 

Expected Goals:  Rangers 2.9  Cowdenbeath 0.3

Whenever you outshoot a team 30 to 5, the Expected Goals will definitely be tilted in your favor.  Given that these do not include the two penalty kicks, it basically matches Rangers actual output.

Shot Quality Breakdown:

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It should be noted that this only tracks shot in the run of play & the two penalties are not included.  Of Rangers shots, 61% came from outside the box, which seems like a lot but it forced defenders to try to defend that long shot.  In turn, more space in  the penalty box opened up for Rangers.  It is interesting to point out that of the 28 shots for the home side, zero were headers.

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Rangers possessed the ball for 69% of the minutes.  They turned that ball retention into an extremely high rate of shots & in particular – shots on target.  Of the shots in the match, Rangers had 86% of them & of the shots on target – they had 93%.  All of that translated in to Rangers generating 90% of the Expected Goals in the match.  The result was expected & credit to Rangers for a polished performance.

Lee Wallace, courtesy of SNS

Shooting Efficiency:

Shots Shots on Target Sh Acc Sh%
Rangers 30 14 0.467 0.357
Cowdenbeath 5 1 0.200 0.200

Rangers Report Shot Chart:

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Credit to Rangers for coupling a high volume of shots (15 in each half) with real surges of pressure (seven shots in first ten minutes of the second half & four in the final five minutes of the match).

Individual Outliers

courtesy of SNS

Barrie McKay really was a focal point in driving the attack on Sunday.  He led the team with twelve controlled entries into the final third & those resulted in eight shots – including his stunning run for Rangers second goal.

courtesy of SNS

Even if you subtract the two penalty goals from Martyn Waghorn’s scoresheet, it is still a supremely dominant performance.  He got the assist on McKay’s goal (generous scorekeeping, indeed) but the seven shots  in the run of play more then doubled the Expected Goals output of the Cowdenbeath team. (*upon review the assist should have gone to Lee Wallace)

courtesy of SNS

It was Lee Wallace grabbing the opening goal on a give & go effort with Kenny Miller that really set the tone for the rest of the match.  The left back had four shots & was fouled a team-high three times (all in the offensive half).  He also had six controlled entries into the final third which generated a goal & two shots. *Correction:  Add an assist to those stats.

courtesy of SNS

Gedion Zelalem left a real mark on this match in just over an hour of play.  His deft, little one touch assist is already making the rounds on the World Wide Web & besides that isolated play he was third on the team with eight controlled entries into the final third.

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