Date:Thursday January 2 2014
Are we progressing?
It's a tough question to answer, so I thought I'd pull some stats together to compare with where we were last season and the season before.
Firstly, after 20 games, we sit on 23 points - this is 5 points more than at the same stage last season and the same vs the season before that when 'he who shall not be named' was in charge.
We have won 6 games thus far vs 4 at the same point last season and 5 the previous season.
The area that has really helped us is the 'goals against' area where we currently average 1.25 goals against this season vs 1.79 last season (total) and 1.39 the previous season.
The main worry however is goals scored. With Benteke short on form, we are only averaging 0.95 goals per game vs 1.21 last season, and, rather worryingly 0.97 under 'he who shall not be named' !!
Let's hope that the creative area (particularly in midfield) is addressed in January. Another positive is points against the previous seasons 'top-4' teams. We have amassed 6 points already this season, against only 1 last season, and 3 the season before, proving that we can indeed beat the big teams if we try.
So there you have it - there are some positives against the last 2 seasons, but we do really need to increase our goal threat - playing with 3 defensive midfielders (Delph, KEA and Westwood) has at times hindered our attacking 'spark'.
We've actually looked a better side playing 4-4-2 at home.
What do you guys think? Can we take any comfort from how this season has gone so far, or is it another false dawn?
Here's hoping for 3 points from Arsenal, Liverpool and West Brom! UTV!
Date:Thursday January 2 2014
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|Man Utd||4||-||1||Aston Villa|
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|14. Hull City||33||10||6||17||-6||36|
|15. Aston Villa||34||9||8||17||-14||35|
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