Wednesday 17 January 2018

question nobody asked

how much do first-half goals matter?

a good start might be half the battle, although in the case of Ipswich Town, a good start doesn't seem to make a blind bit of difference.

Of the 92 teams in the English league, only Roy Keane's team and Wigan have failed to score a first-half goal so far this season but while Keane's half-time words have, perhaps, inspired his team to an impressive seventh position in the Championship, Wigan, as befitting of one of the Premier League's most inconsistent teams, are down in 17th spot.

At the other end of the scale, Didier Drogba's goal yesterday was Chelsea's 11th first-half strike this season, which has laid the foundation for their top-of-the-table position and, throughout the leagues , the pattern is repeated.

In the Championship, QPR's nine first-half goals (behind Watford's 10) have helped them top of the table while, in League One, Bournemouth's 13 goals have been unlucky for their opponents, and have helped the Cherries to second spot.

Irish Independent

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