Five stats behind Wolverhampton Wanderers' underwhelming season

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Helder Costa

We pick out five telling stats from Wolverhampton Wanderers' season in the Championship.

Goals scored by forwards – 13

Wolverhampton Wanderers will be on the hunt for a clinical finisher this summer after their forwards managed just 13 goals between them. That return is less than a quarter of Wolves’ 54 goal tally for the season.

Winger Helder Costa finished as the club’s top scorer with 12 goals. The ex-Benfica man was followed by fellow midfielders David Edwards (10) and Ivan Cavaleiro (5).

  Forward GoalsAppearances
Rotherham 13 46
Wolves 13 46
Huddersfield 11 47

 Error leading to goal -10

Almost a fifth of the goals Wolves conceded came from defensive errors. Without these mistakes the club would have finished with the joint 5th best defensive record in the division.

Effective headed clearance – 1,159

Wolves’ defenders were very busy in the air. The 1,159 effective headers Wanderers accumulated ended up being the most in the Championship – and more than double the amount of play-off contenders Huddersfield Town (559).

  Effective Head ClearanceAppearances
Wolves 1,159 46
Barnsley 1,083 46
Wigan 955 46

 Fouls lost – 618 

Only Queens Park Rangers gave away more fouls than Wolves during the 2016/7 Championship campaign. This ill-discipline saw Paul Lambert’s men collect the joint most yellow cards in the division (94).

Danny Batth and David Edwards were the biggest individual culprits in terms of fouls given away and yellow cards picked up.

Contentious decision – 14 

Wolves can count themselves extremely unlucky with refereeing decisions this season. No other Championship side had more contentious decisions go against them. In contrast, the likes of Norwich City and Cardiff City only had to deal with one contentious decision all season.

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