Southampton stats: Improvement in defence but passing takes a hit

Ronald Koeman has his side passing and shooting less, but tackling slightly more compared to last season.

After the summer Southampton endured, few were expecting a productive 2014/15 campaign from the Saints

Having sold off the spine of their squad, with the likes of Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren all leaving, things were looking grim. 

However, the appointment of Ronald Koeman proved a masterstroke as he bought wisely and guided his side to seventh in the table, with four more points, three more wins, five fewer draws and two more losses. Let’s take a look at their other stats to see how they’ve improved, or regressed, in key areas.

  SeasonTotal TackleWon TackleGoals ConcededTotal PassAccurate PassTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttGoals
Southampton 2014-2015 813 642 33 18184 14490 509 169 54
Southampton 2013-2014 804 635 46 19566 15932 534 179 54

In defence, the Saints have remained consistent, with a tackling success score of 78% remaining the same from last year. They have, though, increased their number of tackles by 1% and their number of successful tackles by the same number. That minor improvement has seen them concede 13 fewer goals, although this was likely aided by the fine displays of keeper Fraser Forster.

In midfield, passing has taken a hit, with their success rate falling from 81% to 79%. Similarly, their number of passes fell by 7% while their number of successful passes also fell, this time by 9%.

Up front, things remained consistent with their shooting accuracy holding firm at 33%. Their number of shots fell, though, this time by 4%, while their number of shots on target fell by 5%. They did, however; manage to score the same number of goals, 54.

Decreases across the board for Southampton then, with just the minor improvement in defence. Despite that, they’ve managed to finish higher, again highlighting the excellent season that Ronald Koeman and his side have enjoyed.

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