Stats: Is this why Blackpool are struggling?

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Blackpool are the only team in the Championship yet to win a game this season - but why?

The Seasiders have endured a torrid start to the season, failing to name a full professional matchday squad for their opening game, and still in the process of rebuilding a first-team squad.

Results on the pitch have reflected the madness off of it, with just three draws in 10 games leaving the former Premier League club bottom of the Championship on three points.

Despite the dreadful start, the Blackpool faithful have acted in a perfect manner, sticking by their manager Jose Riga, knowing that his team selections have been constrained by the ownership of Karl Oyston - whom many want removed from the club.

However, performances have yet to improve, and there is one statistic that reveals where all of the Seasiders' problems lie.

  GoalsShots On TargetTotal Shots% Goals Are Inside BoxOn Target Conversion Rate
Blackpool 5 33 115 100% 15%

Blackpool have scored just five goals this season, the lowest in the division, and their conversion rate for on target strikes is just 15% - also the lowest. They have not netted a single strike from outside the box this campaign, despite taking more shots from outside the box.

Of 33 on target strikes, more than half have been from inside the box, and their dreadful conversion of long range chances begs the question of why Blackpool continue to attempt to score from distance.

For the Seasiders, it has been hard enough netting chances from inside the area, but they do work themselves into good enough positions to take advantage of. They have missed 15 big chances, netting only two, and it appears as if the strikes from range are down to low confidence in the squad, with players not believing in the finishing ability of their teammates.

A new sense of patience should be brought to their play in the coming weeks if they intend to finally break their winning drought and claim three points for the first time this season, with a focus upon finishing close range chances the key trait that Riga should be working on in first-team training.

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