Lambert vs Sherwood: a stats comparison

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We compare the stats behind Paul Lambert's last game in charge with Tim Sherwood's first in the dugout.

Tim Sherwood’s first game in charge of Aston Villa will not have been how he imagined it.

The former Spurs manager recently replaced Paul Lambert at Villa Park, and was credited with giving an inspiring half-time team talk that saw his new side to victory over Leicester City in the FA Cup.

Things had gotten off to a good start for the manager in his first proper outing against Stoke, with Scott Sinclair scoring the opener and giving his side the lead with a header from Fabian Delph’s cross.

However, goals from Mame Biram Diouf and a late penalty from Victor Moses, courtesy of Ron Vlaar’s mistake, consigned Sherwood to defeat in his first game and Villa’s sixth straight loss in a row in the league.

We decided to take a look at the stats from the manager’s first game in charge and compare them to former manager Paul Lambert’s last.

  MatchTotal Att AssistTotal Scoring AttAccurate PassFwd PassWon Contest
Aston Villa Hull City vs Aston Villa 7 11 383 162 8
Aston Villa Aston Villa vs Stoke 3 3 263 178 2

First and foremost, it’s important to note that we’ve used attacking statistics for this piece as that is the area Villa have struggled in so far. In that regard, it appears Lambert has come on top.

His last game in charge saw them beat Sherwood’s in the total attacking assists column, while they also had considerably more total scoring attacks as well. Elsewhere, it seems that his side were better in the passing category as well, completing 383 accurate passes to the 263 in the game against Hull.

Not to be outdone on the attacking front though, Sherwood’s side completed more forward passes than Lambert, although they were considerably worse in the number of successful dribbles.

As always, statistics can be misleading, but for now it seems that Paul Lambert’s side were more attacking in his last game than Tim Sherwood’s side were in his first game in charge. Whether Sherwood makes Villa more attacking in the future though, remains to be seen and it will be a while before it is fair to judge the new man's impact.

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