Everton worse in a number of areas during disappointing campaign for Roberto Martinez's side

Everton Goodison

They've had fewer shots, fewer shots on target and made more errors leading to goals than anyone else.

After an impressive first season on Merseyside, it’s fair to say things haven’t gone to plan this season for Roberto Martinez.

The Spaniard’s side struggled to juggle the added pressure of the Europa League, with the competition ultimately costing them in the Premier League.

A final position of 11th is far below expectations, finishing with 22 fewer points, nine fewer wins, seven extra defeats and two extra draws compared to last season. Let’s take a look at their other stats to see how they’ve improved, or gotten worse, in key areas.

  SeasonTotal TackleWon TackleGoals ConcededTotal PassAccurate PassTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttGoals
Everton 2013-2014 743 571 39 18301 15318 561 196 61
Everton 2014-2015 657 528 50 18808 15507 483 166 48

In defence, things have been noticeably bad this season for the Blues. Everton posted a worse tackling success rate, falling from 82% to 80%. They’ve also managed fewer tackles, with a drop of 11%, while their number of successful tackles has dropped by 7%.

Most tellingly, they’ve committed more errors leading to goals this season, having committed 15 this year - a league high. All of those have seen them conceding 11 more goals across the season compared to last.

Passing was also a strong point last year, but this season has seen Everton's passing success fall from 83% to 82%. However, they have seen their number of passes increase by 2%, while their successful passes have also marginally increased.

Up front, their shooting accuracy has remained the same, although their number of shots has fallen by 13% while their number of shots on target has also decreased, this time by 15%. That has culminated in them scoring fewer goals, 48 compared to 61.

A criticism from the Everton faithful has been that they passed too much this season, and the stats seem to back that up, with more passes but fewer attempted shots and fewer shots on target. Improvement will be expected next season, with additions up front surely needed based on these statistics.

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