- Oct 14, 2018
The biggest reason we struggled without Nombe is that we didn't have anyone similar in the squad. Ever since becoming manager, Matt Taylor has always built his sides around a big, strong centre forward and neither Amond, Brown or Seymour were able to provide that physical presence.Ooops, stats don't appear from the Soccerbase website. Results now copied over...
Only 2 games lost when Sam starts compared to 5 when he doesn't in broadly the same number of games. But the really dramatic stats are those including sub appearances, showing that his impact off the bench is significant (which is really useful as presumably that's how he will be used in this fortnight of 5 games in 15 days).
The stats are ( results in W-D-L format followed by %)
- for starts 7-9-2 versus 6-6-5 when he doesn't start. % are 39-50-11 as against 35-35-29.
- all games inc sub appearances its 10-10-2 versus 3-3-5 when he doesn't play at all. % are 45-45-9 compared to 23-38-38
So the stats tell us the blindingly obvious that we are a better team when Nombe plays!