Controlled Zone Entries: Interesting results regarding Kenny Miller

Kenny Miller
Kenny Miller

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 8 6 0.75 shot, corner, throw in
James Tavernier 6 5 0.83 2 shots, 2 throw ins, corner
Gedion Zelalem 6 4 0.67 2 shots, throw in
Kenny Miller 6 4 0.67 2 shots, throw in
Andy Halliday 4 4 1.00 3 shots
Lee Wallace 4 2 0.50 2 shots
Jason Holt 3 2 0.67
Danny Wilson 2 2 1.00 shot
Martyn Waghorn 2 1 0.50 corner
Dominic Ball 2 1 0.50 throw in
Rob Kiernan 1 1 1.00 free kick
Nicky Law 1 1 1.00
Harry Forrester 1 0 0.00
Totals 46 33 0.72 13 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.

  • In 60 minutes of play, Kenny Miller had six controlled entries into the final third.  So often, Miller is a point person at the top of the box to spring a player making a run into the penalty area, but against Kilmarnock he dropped even further back in an effort to push play into the final third.  This was definitely a significant change to how he usually plays.  In the previous 22 matches tracked, he had 37 controlled zone entries & today he had one every ten minutes.  The fact that he only had one shot on Saturday highlights that Rangers probably needed another player driving that possession into the final third so Miller could spend more time trying to play his customary role in the box.
  • Even though Barrie McKay had a team high eight CZE, only one shot was generated from his entries into the final third.
  • Of the 12 shots generated from controlled entries into the final third, 67% of them came when the entry point into the attacking third was from a central area, with Gedion Zelalem & Andy Halliday leading the way.  Of that duos ten entries, a shot was generated 50% of the time.
  • James Tavernier had zero controlled entries at the half, so all of his impact here came in the second half.   In fact, Rangers only had 18 CZE as a team after 45 minutes, with 61% of the controlled entries coming in the second half.
  • Rangers generated a shot on 28% of their Controlled Zone Entries.

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