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r00fie1 Posted on 12/01/2017 05:52
Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0
 
 
Although Southampton did have 5 shots on target[^]
Blows away this idea that keeping the ball is all important?
A good win for them.
We would do well to follow their lead by doing the same against Watford.

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coluka Posted on 12/01/2017 06:11

Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
If you look back, you will find i have posted this a few times how the team with the least possession often wins the game.

Football is a very very simple game.it is about 2 things, what you do with the ball when you are in possession, and what you do when not in possession.

We have been very effective at this this year

See arsenal, Man C, WBA, S underland, Bournemouth etc
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BarnesBoroFC Posted on 12/01/2017 06:42

Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
See also, Rugby, NFL, AFL, Tennis...
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FrozenHorse Posted on 12/01/2017 07:41

Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
"If you look back, you will find i have posted this a few times how the team with the least possession often wins the game"

This is true; im not quite sure of the reason for it. It could be:

The team who scores first is often content to sit back and make it difficult fir the opposition. First goal is often vital in determining the result.

Possession deep in the opponent's half is what counts in terms of scoring goals, but it makes it more likely you lose the ball. Stringing the ball to and fro across you defence doesn't help you win, but gets your possession stats high. That's a symptom if a team struggling to make headway.
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SAP44 Posted on 12/01/2017 10:02
Edited On: 12/01/2017 10:06
Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
If you look at the average possession for each team the ones with the highest will be somewhere near the top of the league, if you have a poor end product though the other team can counter.

Possession football isn't everything but when you see Barca completely controlling the positioning of the other team it clearly works well if you have good passers.
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pierrequiroule Posted on 12/01/2017 10:10
Edited On: 12/01/2017 10:11
Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
Sheffield Wednesday had more possession than us on sunday, but equally Liverpool had more possession than us when they beat us. Go figure.
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go_nads Posted on 12/01/2017 10:12

Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
An alternative view would be that the possession stat is a completely worthless one when considered in isolation.

I'm sure most fans would be happy to watch an opponent pass the ball around their own half and making little headway as an attacking threat. If your own team, when in possession attacked with purpose, pace and numbers.
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UpTheBoro70 Posted on 12/01/2017 12:09
Edited On: 12/01/2017 12:10
Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
The possession stats night be more revealing if possession in your own half was ommitted from the %
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Barnsy Posted on 12/01/2017 14:45

Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
Isn't it only half time?
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king_hellfire Posted on 12/01/2017 15:10

Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
'Blows away this idea that keeping the ball is all important?'


Not necessarily. It's one of the main reasons that we're the leagues top scoring team. We'd left our shooting boots at home last night (to put it mildly), hopefully we remember them for the next leg (and Sunday [xx(])
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Greenandblack Posted on 12/01/2017 15:32

Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
Possession stats aren't very helpful if all you do with the ball is pass it about at the back, and back to the goalie.

Teams that have high possession stats but few shots are clearly being too cautious and not trying to make killer passes or take on shots.
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sasboro1 Posted on 12/01/2017 15:35

Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
1-0 defeat isnt too bad. 2nd leg liverpool should do enough to get through
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Ingleby_Flash Posted on 12/01/2017 16:09

Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
If you look back at last season we had very high possession figures at the start, but weren't taking advantage, especially at home, when our possession levels dropped we were more successful.

At the time I put it down to the fact that our opponents were parking the bus and we weren't able to get behind them. Give them the ball and they've got to come at you. Didn't see the game last night, but I'll bet Southampton were parking the bus and got a lucky break - same thing see.
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BeeBee Posted on 12/01/2017 18:08

Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
The stat should be % of game played in which half of the pitch.
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boroskel65 Posted on 12/01/2017 19:30

Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
The key stat is Shots for/Shots against which Southampton won 16-11.
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gravyboat Posted on 12/01/2017 20:26

Possession football? Southampton (33%)1 L`pool (67%) 0

 
Isn't the key stat goals for and goals against?
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