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TANGENTS

Passing Fancy, Wolves and Stoke Cross and Wigan Resilient

Written by on December 18, 2011 | No Comments »
Posted in Chelsea, Newcastle United, Stoke City, Swansea City, Wigan Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves like to get the ball wide and to sling in crosses while Stoke are well-known for being as direct as an arrow. No surprise then that were more crosses at Molineux on Saturday than you find in a Dracula movie. Of the 65 attempted only a couple actually caused the defenses any trouble although the winner from Peter Crouch did come from a Matthew Etherington cross.

Good ball retention doesn’t always lead to goals or even chances on target. That much was clear as Newcastle and Swansea both passed the ball well (Newcastle 342 of 429 – 80%; Swansea 384 of 462 – 83%). 

Newcastle dominated in attempts on goal but few hit the target. In the  case of Swansea they struggled to even get in positions to attempt shots on goal.

Wigan’s resilience under Roberto Martinez is amazing. No matter how often it looks like all hope is lost Wigan somehow manage to find a way back. They are still in the bottom three of the Premier League but things are looking a lot better after consecutive away wins and a point against Chelsea courtesy of a late Petr Cech blunder. 

After a first half when they failed to apply pressure of any consequence to the Chelsea defense the second half was quite a difference.

Instrumental was midfielder James McCarthy who passing and mobility stood out.

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