I guess this is part 2 of yesterday’s post, but today we’re looking at Roy’s record at subbing in the second half when down at half time. Thankfully, for my archiving-searching-sake at least, it only happened five times during the 08/09 season. From F365:
And those matches are as follows:
- WestHam: Zero. [Down 2-0, Fulham would lose 2-1.]
- @United: Olivier Dacourt (67), Robert Milsom (80), Wayne Brown (86). [Down 2-0, Fulham would lose 3-0.]
- @City: Kamara (86), Gera (86), Dacourt (89). [Down 1-0, Fulham would win 3-1.]
- @Chelsea: Dacourt(76). [Down 2-1, Fulham would lose 3-1.]
- Everton: Zamora (69), Dacourt (73), Smalling (77). [Down 1-0, Fulham would lose 2-0.]
So of the five times Fulham were losing at the break, at no point did Roy make his first sub before the 58th minute. Only three times, twice in the same match (the final game against Everton), did he even make at least one sub before the 73rd minute. And only five times total did he make at least one sub before the 79th minute.
One could argue that by not following Myers’ advice, it’s probably no surprise then that Fulham only scored 4 second half goals when down at half time, and three of those came in the same game. [Boy, thank God that of the two Fulham matches I’ve ever been to, one was the aforementioned game at City. I witnessed history!] I think I also found an error is F365’s record keeping, as I can only tally 4 goals whereas they have 5. Alas, the point remains.
Conversely, Fulham were ranked 5th overall when trailing at half time; and the 5 instances are tied for second with Chelsea and United, and just behind leading Liverpool’s paltry 4. This, more than most other stats, proves the power of Roy’s squad to hold an early lead — something Sanchez’s team was miserable at.
Additionally, looking at Football-Lineups.com’s overall substitute’ data, we see that, on average, almost all of Roy’s subs in the 08/09 season were extremely late in the game.
To put things into context, although a bit varied considering our Europa campaign, here are last year’s stats:
And for the sake of brevity, here are this year’s substitute data under Mark Hughes.