Analysis: What’s wrong with Wolves attack?
I’ve mentioned it before. Several times lately in my pre- and post-match articles. Why don’t Wolves score more goals despite attacking?
Yes, I know that our defence is the real problem. The evidence stands very clear. We are the only team in the Premier League AND the Football League (CC, League 1 and League 2) without a clean sheet.
But look at these stats from our last four games.
Shots at goal: 15, 23, 14, 19
Shots on goal: 5, 9, 7, 7
Corners: 12, 11, 11, 11
Goals: 2, 1, 3, 0
Can you find five faults? 😆
No. What sticks out is that we have so very many corners. More than any other team in the Premiership from the four latest games. But with so poor results in goals. We are at the top of the league when it comes to shots at goal aswell. But again…the results want come.
But with the amount of shots and corners we produce we should score many more goals. Unlucky? Such things tend to even up, but when looking at play I have another answer – or a couple of them.
Let us look at the corners firstly. The typical Wolves corner is a very well taken corner by Jarvis, Hunt, Milijas or Jones that lands perfectly out of reach from the keeper and among a bunch of nearly still standing players from Wolves and our opponents, not so far from the goal.
It is in a crowded part of the penalty area and it’s very hard to hit the ball clean and to hit it towards goal – with head or feet – without an opponent blocking it.
The remedy to better corners is to take a short corner – at least once in a while – or to play it to a player that stands in a better angle just outside the penalty area where it’s less crowded.
Another way of taking a corner is to set up the potential receivers further out in the area and he has a chance to hit it harder with pace and without that crowd of opponent defenders that usually have an easy task to block the attempt.
The key is, though, to vary the corners. Wolves have been good at varying free-kicks. The team should have the potential and fantasy to take better corners. With the amount of corners we create in a game we should get 1-2 goals a game from them. that’s about 10-20 percent resulting.
Add one more goal from all our shots on and at goal – when we turn the game quicker and run at goal instead of to the sides this could be achieved – and we should have the potential to win two out of three games, in my humble opinion.
Is this just a mathematical fantasy play without substance? I don’t believe so. And of course we have to better our defensive play aswell to get those clean sheets we all need to sleep better at night. :lol:.
But we can do better when attacking and it’s not much we have to change to get there. But if we can reduce the goals we let in too we will win three out of three!
Up the Wolves!