Opta Evaluation

Monday 31 December 2012 10:52

Martin Jol described his side’s performance in Saturday’s defeat by Swansea City as the strongest over the last couple of months and the Opta statistics in our Match Centre justify his claims.

For a side who look to dominate possession, the Swans only managed 40.6 per cent of the ball, with Fulham bossing that particular statistic with an impressive 59.4 per cent against a team who pride themselves on their ball retention.

The Whites also racked up a notable 23 attempts on goal to the visitors’ 10, although the Welsh side were far more clinical, with a shot accuracy of 70 per cent compared to our 26 per cent.

The passing numbers also reflect Fulham’s supremacy, with Jol’s men attempting 500 to Swansea’s 326. Of our attempted passes, 269 were attacking, compared to City’s 108, while the two sides boasted pass accuracies of 83.6 and 74.2 per cent respectively.

Fulham had plenty of width in the side, with Kerim Frei and Ashkan Dejagah on the flanks, and Matthew Briggs and Sascha Riether both getting forward well – and so it was no surprise we managed to deliver 40 crosses over the course of the game. It was almost twice as many as Michael Laudrup’s team, who only attempted 23 crosses.

Briggs was making his first appearance for the Whites since September and the young full-back certainly made an impression on Saturday. Firm defensively – as emphasised by his four tackles – he also got forward very well and was able to deliver six balls into the Swansea box.

Our strongest player, though, was Bryan Ruiz as the playmaker made his first start for the Club since 18th November. Bryan was involved in 91 ball events – 21 more than Angel Rangel who was Swansea’s busiest player. The Costa Rican also played an impressive 15 crosses.