West Ham improve in two areas but finish season disappointingly

The Hammers have registered more shots and more efforts on target, but have regressed defensively.

Having experienced life in the Championship, it’s fair to say that West Ham United are keen to stay in the Premier League at any cost.

With them set to move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016 as well, that desire has been ramped up even further. A good start to this season had everyone dreaming of improvement, but a poor second half has seen Sam Allardyce leave as manager but a Europa League place secured via the Fair Play League.

So impressive were they early on, 12th place is a little bit of a disappointment but finishing with seven extra points, one extra win, four extra draws and five fewer losses is an improvement worth noting. 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 AttGoalsAppearances
West Ham 2013-2014 651 497 51 12360 9131 422 122 40 38
West Ham 2014-2015 647 478 47 13566 10121 489 152 44 38

In defence things have fallen away, with their tackling success slipping from 76% to 73% this season, while the number of tackles they’ve made has also fallen by 0.6%. Their number of successful tackles has also fallen by 3%. Despite that, they have managed to concede four fewer goals.

In passing, though, there are improvements. Their passing success has gone up by 1% to 74%, they have played more passes and their number of successful passes has increased by 10%.

Up front, things have seen a dramatic improvement with shooting accuracy going up to 31% and their numbers of shots increasing by an impressive 15%. Their shots on target total has also gone up, this time by an incredible 24%. All of this has contributed to them scoring four more goals than last season.

The improvement up front arguably overshadows the deficiencies in defence for West Ham, who may regret getting rid of Sam Allardyce before their move to the Olympic Stadium. At least the new coach will have an improving forward line to work with next season.

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