Controlled Zone Entries: Mixed results for Rangers

Mark Warburton, courtesy of SNS
Mark Warburton, courtesy of SNS

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
Barrie McKay 7 6 0.86 goal, 4 shots, corner
Gedion Zelalem 6 4 0.67 3 shots
James Tavernier 6 2 0.33 corner
Dean Shiels 5 2 0.40 2 shots
Nicky Law 3 3 1.00 goal, 2 shots
Andy Halliday 3 2 0.67 2 shots
Kenny Miller 2 1 0.50 free kick
Martyn Waghorn 2 0 0.00
Lee Wallace 1 1 1.00 free kick
Danny Wilson 1 1 1.00 shot, corner
Harry Forrester 1 0 0.00
Totals 37 22 0.59 2 goals, 14 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.

  • While the volume of controlled entries into the final third was lower than normal & the success rate was relatively average for Rangers standards – they were still quite efficient at breaking down the final third.  When the ball was played into the final third on a controlled entry, Rangers generated a shot 37% of the time (last week the rate was 15%).
  • Rangers had 23 CZE in the first half & only 14 in the second.  Some of that was due to playing a man down for the final 18 minutes, but also it came down to players playing more hopeful balls into the final third – rather then carrying it in or going with shorter, more controlled passes.
  • Given the cut of Morton’s pitch, there is a definite margin of error in these stats.  Often I use demarkations in the grass to note where the entry point into the final third is & while it is indeed a very nice looking pitch – it was also a nightmare for tracking the plays.

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