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Victory Through Harmony
By Walter Broeckx
The last thing you want to happen when you go to a football game is to miss the goals. It is what happened to me when I first came to London and fell in love with Arsenal. After that Saturday game which we lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 we were so in love with Arsenal we immediately were looking if there was the chance to see them again during the time we were in London.
We couldn’t as Arsenal had to go to Nottingham Forest in the FA cup in the next days. But we had the chance to go and see Crystal Palace against ….Wolverhampton Wanderers. And off we went for a trip of a few hours with several buses down to the old ground of Crystal Palace before it was rebuilt.
On arrival we had a few minutes before kick off and some of us wanted to buy a souvenir. And the game started as we could hear and then suddenly a big roar from a small part of the crowd just as we entered the stadium. And it was Wolverhampton that scored in the first minute. The only goal of the game. Now you know why I hate coming late in any stadium.
But here at Untold we leave no stone unturned to help you to avoid such miserable things. So how to avoid missing a goal at the Emirates? Find the answer here below. So when do we score and I even have seen when we concede most of our goals.
So I divided the 90 minutes in 6 periods of 15 minutes. And I have looked at all the games we played this season and then checked when we scored most of our goals.
So we score most of our goals in the last 15 minutes. Once again I would say as if my memory serves me right this was also the case last season. So all those people who leave the ground early miss most of the fun. Maybe they are part of the AAA and therefore are a bit unhappy as they haven’t seen all the goals?
But if one looks at those numbers you can see a recurring pattern in our games in each half. We start rather strong and then we have a dip between minute 15 and 30. And as I write match reports I constantly look at the time and I have noticed in most games we play a very strong 20-25 opening minutes and then we drop back a bit. I know that this is natural as you cannot play 45 minutes with the same tempo in a game. But the interesting thing is that the same happens in the second half. We also drop back a bit in the second 15 minutes of the second half, just like in the first half.
And we can see a bit of reverse in this when we see at goals conceded.
To prove that we start strong we didn’t let in any goals in the first 15 minutes of any of our games so far! And this is in 35 competitive games so far this season. And even when we drop back in the second 15 minutes in each half this doesn’t mean we let in many goals in those periods. It is just that we sit back a bit but don’t concede many goals by doing this.
But there does seem to be a problem just before and after the break. As when you combine those 2 periods we let in most of our goals before or just after half time. And we also seem to have a bit of trouble in the last 15 minutes of the game. As also in that period we concede a lot of goals.
So if you want to see all our goals I can only advise you to come on time and stay until the final whistle of the game. And if you want to relax in a game in the knowledge the other team will not score easily you can relax in the first 15 minutes. You can be a bit scared just before and after half time and in the final quarter we tend to let in some goals if we let the other team score.
And to round this off I will add a more general statistic of our goals scored and conceded so far this season in all competitions.
Joint top scorers in the EPL, top scorers in the CL, a scoring record that is not bad in the Carling cup so far and this leaves us with an average of over 2 goals scored in each game. 2,29 to be exact. So not that bad I think.
We also let in less than one goal in a game so far this season. Must try to keep this average on and we should win each game with at least 2-1. And if we keep up our 3 goals per game as we are doing for the moment we could get an ever higher average and lower our goals against with the clean sheets we are keeping for the moment.
So despite us missing some 10 chances and goals in the Wigan game alone we are not too bad at scoring overall. And I do like us to miss a few chances and only score 3 goals in a game more than score 6 or 7 in one game and then no goals in the next game. So let us just keep on scoring 3 goals a game and keep the clean sheets.
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