Num­bers don’t lie as they tell tale of poor cam­paign

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

THE num­bers to Birm­ing­ham City’s cam­paign don’t make ter­ri­bly happy read­ing.

Just eight goals scored in 16 matches, three wins and only one point away from home all sea­son.

Their play­ers’ in­di­vid­ual sta­tis­tics aren’t great ei­ther – with only one player hav­ing scored more than a sin­gle Cham­pi­onship goal.

Nev­er­the­less, a cou­ple have risen above the mo­rass to lead sta­tis­ti­cal cat­e­gories.

Goals – Jac­ques Maghoma 2 Che Adams ac­tu­ally leads the way in all com­pe­ti­tions with his hat-trick against Craw­ley giv­ing him four for the sea­son. But in league com­pe­ti­tion Maghoma’s strikes against Bur­ton and Bris­tol City – get­ting on for three months ago – put him top of the charts.

As­sists – Four play­ers 1 Jota has ac­tu­ally got more as­sists than any other Blues player, with three. How­ever, all of them came be­fore he moved from Brentford. Maghoma, Craig Gard­ner, Cheikh Ndoye and Michael Mor­ri­son have one apiece.

Clean sheets – To­masz Kuszczak 3

David Stock­dale man­aged one. Kuszczak has ben­e­fited from a far more de­fen­sive ap­proach.

Passes – David Davis 512 Maxime Colin has ac­tu­ally made more passes than any other Blues player – but many of his 533 came in his five games for Brentford. Next up it’s David Davis.

Shots – Cheikh Ndoye 22 This cat­e­gory in­cludes head­ers. Still no goals for the Sene­galese mid­fielder yet, though.

Chances – David Davis 14 Once again Jota has ac­tu­ally cre­ated more op­por­tu­ni­ties this sea­son – many of his 16 com­ing for Bees. Un­for­tu­nately a team-mate is yet to con­vert any of the 14 op­por­tu­ni­ties Davis has man­u­fac­tured.

Crosses – David Cotterill 34 A de­cent to­tal from the Welsh winger – es­pe­cially given the fact he has only made seven ap­pear­ances this sea­son, in­clud­ing one at right back. Over­all Jota has the high­est to­tal this term with 46 crosses.

Clear­ances – Michael Mor­ri­son 81

The cen­tre back has made more ap­pear­ances than Har­lee Dean and Marc Roberts, both of whom av­er­age more per minute played.

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