Opta Evaluation

Tuesday 9 October 2012 10:16

Fulham fans may feel aggrieved at having to settle for a solitary point on Sunday against Southampton when we were minutes from securing a second consecutive away victory, but the Opta statistics reflect a relatively even game between the two sides.

While we bossed possession (58.1 per cent), the home team managed one more shot than us as they racked up 14 attempts, with four of those on target compared to our three goal-bound efforts.

Crosses from the wide areas proved vital at St Mary’s, with both of Southampton’s goals coming from set-pieces, while it was good work from Sascha Riether down Fulham’s right that helped create our two goals.

Both teams got 26 crosses in, with Damien Duff proving our most effective wide-man with eight crosses – the winger just eclipsed by Saints’ Adam Lallana who sent in nine deliveries.

Southampton managed 10 more tackles (22) than the Whites which proved essential from our hosts’ point of view considering how much less they saw of the ball. The Saints did narrowly manage more attacking passes – 181 to our 173 – but Martin Jol’s side dominated the overall passing statistics, attempting to find a teammate 155 times more than the boys in red did.

As ever, Brede Hangeland was a huge aerial presence, winning five headers. Southampton had several players who won two battles in the air; unfortunately one of those was Jose Fonte who notched a goal each time he got himself on the end of a cross. 

Check out all the stats from Sunday's game in our Match Centre.