Graph City, Arizona.
I looked at Dickson’s games for us over the last four seasons and divided the matches according to the pre-match odds of a Fulham win. This was a bit arbitrary, but the half in which Fulham were shortest odds were designated “easy”, the half where odds were longer were designated “hard”.
Then I split the games to see whether they were home or away, and whether Dickson started or not. The bars represent points per game, with Dickson the lower of the two bars.
We’re better in away games with Dickson playing, easy or hard match.
Easy home games are a bit of a wash.
But the difficult home games are where we find an issue: we do much better in the difficult home games without Dickson than with him. This might make some sense or might not: he’s picked for these games because it feels like we might need the extra defensive oomph, but perhaps the level of the opponent takes him one step beyond his comfort level. But if that were true we’d see the same effect in away games. Perhaps in home games we do well against the good teams when we take the initiative, and that’s harder to do with Dickson in the side.