QPR, Leeds, Derby and Forest prove why statistics can be insignificant


Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers both lost their matches, while Derby County and Nottingham Forest drew theirs, but what did all four teams have in common?

Football be a cruel game if you don't learn to take your chances when they come along, and four of the league's best sides learned that fact once again tonight.

Brian McDermott was once again put under the spotlight as his Leeds United side were heavily beaten at home. Although conceding nine goals in two home games is far from acceptable, its worth mentioning on both occasions Leeds had more possession and more shots on goal.

In last night's match against Reading, Leeds created 15 shots on goal, with eight finding the target and they also recorded 59% of the possession. In comparison, Reading proved wasteful with the ball, averaging a team pass accuracy of just 57% which ultimately underlines why they only had 41% of the possession.

Another team guilty of proving wasteful in possession is Steve McClaren's Derby County. Despite averaging 63% of the possession in their last two games and 16 shots a match, they have yet to find the net since their 1-0 win over Bournemouth back in late February.

Derby's East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest were another side left frustrated last night, as their dominance in possession didn't count for anything when it came to the result.

Middlesbrough, much like Reading, proved wasteful in possession and their 57% pass accuracy was ultimately their downfall in what ended up being a dominant Forest display.

Despite all their time on the ball, the City Ground club could only muster three shots on target, the same number as MIddlesbrough, and therefore couldn't argue that a point was probably a fair result.

However, in QPR's case, the statistics prove truly staggering for a side that went on to lose 2-0 away from home.

The Hoops had 55% of the possession in their match against Brighton, creating 21 chances with eight hitting the target. In comparison, Brighton's efforts look fairly tame. The South coast side had just six shots all game, with just three finding the target.

The result proved huge for both Brighton and Rangers, as the win for Brighton puts them heavily in contention for a play-off place and the loss for Harry Redknapp's side signifies a huge blow to their automatic promotion chances.

A Burnley win tomorrow would see the Clarets 12-points clear of Rangers, and even with a game in hand, that looks a large mountain to climb.

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