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Newcastle v Bolton – What Story Do The Statistics Tell Us?

10 years ago

It is always interesting after a match, in the cold light of day, to see if the statistics match up to what we saw with our own eyes.

What came out of of the Bolton match according to BBC Statistics is the following;

Possession                    NUFC 56%     Bolton 44%

Total Shots                   NUFC 8          Bolton 9

Shots On Target           NUFC  4        Bolton 6

Corners                          NUFC 6          Bolton 5

Goals                              NUFC 2            Bolton 0

Looking on the bright side, half of our shots on target went in!

I think Newcastle deserved the win by the end but it was a hard slog to get there and Bolton made it very difficult.

Petrov was by far their most dangerous player and maybe exposed Danny Simpson’s biggest weakness, standing too off his man and letting the winger get in a cross.

Luckily with a keeper like Krul and the returning Coloccini it was a pretty safe third clean sheet on the bounce.

I don’t think my eye were deceiving me but a lot of the time the match seemed to be played a lot of the time in second or third gear. There didn’t look a lack of effort from either team but it looked hard going and maybe with games in quick succession at this stage of the season, it caught up with most of the players.

There was not a lot in it, in terms of corners, possession and shots, it is only when you get to class and goals(!) you can see the difference.

Naturally goals are quite easy to measure whereas no statistics can do justice to what Hatem Ben Arfa did.

A quick ball to Ben Arfa in the middle just inside our half, a premeditated flick and spin lost his man (if he’d lost possession in that area he would have been slated, that’s why sometime your flair players are the bravest because they take that risk and need our support to try it!). He then skipped one serious attempt to bring him down and one where the centre-back thought better of it because he would have been off, then the coolest of finishes.

A largely forgettable 90 minutes but 7 or 8 seconds which will be etched forever in the compartment of my brain reserved for ‘Genius’.

How do you mark that moment in a statistics book?


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