Having shared insights from the top two tiers of English football last month, Stats Perform’s latest season reviews focus on the standout performers from last year’s shortened League One and League Two campaigns.
These reviews apply advanced metrics to deliver key performance insights, at both the team and player level. The advanced metrics used in the report are derived from event data and include Expected Goals (xG), Expected Assists (xA), Expected Goals on Target (xGOT) and Sequences and Possessions.
Key findings highlighted in the reviews include:
– Set pieces played a key role in Rotherham’s promotion to the Championship. 43% of the Millers’ xG came from set pieces, the highest ratio in the league, which resulted in 25 goals.
– League One champions Coventry posted 35 shots following a high turnover, the joint highest number in the league, scoring on six occasions. However the Sky Blues could not match the goal scoring output of Peterborough, who scored nine times following a high turnover.
– Portsmouth’s Ronan Curtis created 53 chances following a ball carry, more than any other League One player. The Irishman demonstrated a tendency to shoot when cutting inside from the left hand side, which resulted in two goals.
– In League Two, promoted Plymouth conceded open play chances worth a collective xG of 35.3, which ranked them a lowly 20th in the league. However the Pilgrims benefitted from their opposition failing to convert their chances into goals, conceding 11 fewer goals than their xG projection.
– Another promoted side, Crewe, ranked first for the longest sequence time and the most passes per sequence. This patient, possession-based approach resulted in David Artell’s side recording more attacks derived from build-up sequences than any other side in the league, as well as the most sequences comprising more than 10 passes.
– The quality of finishing by League Two’s top scorer, Eoin Doyle, is reflected by his xGOT exceeding his xG projection by a magnitude of 0.08, the joint-highest differential of any player in the league’s top ten for xG per 90 minutes.
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