Winton sloppy with the ball

9 – The number of times that Callum Mcleod lost the ball, 4 times dispossessed and 5 bad touches.

25 – The number of times that Winton lost the ball, 10 times dispossessed and 15 bad touches.

43 – The number of short passes miss played by Callum Mcleod, Ryan Smith, Toby Kellaway, and Billy Herbert.

17.3% – The percentage of short passes misplayed by those four players, typically short passes are completed 90% of the time (205 of 248)

81% – Overall pass completion percentage for Winton, including the low lights of 76.2% from Ryan Smith, 74.7% for George Merritt, 61.9% from Edgar Salli and 42.9% from Rob Prosser.


Winton were known under Fabio Companani as a smooth passing, highly technical team that could pass their opponents off of the park. That reputation became less true during the last few seasons and that trend has continued under new manager, Stuart Wooster.

Winton are still capable of putting together impressive passing moves but over the last few years the statistics suggest either that the tactics have changed significantly when it comes to holding on to the ball or the technical level of the players is not the same.

Today was a great example of the team struggling to be able to hold on to the ball and control the match.


Isaac Rodin is a good right back

93.7% – Percentage of passes completed (45 of 48)

80% – Percentage of passes completed into the penalty box (4 of 5)

90.5% – Percentage of passes completed in the final third (19 of 21)

0.52 – Offensive Value added through passing, led all players (next best was Toby Kellaway at 0.24)

4 – Ball Recoveries

1 – Tackle of 1 attempted

I have seen too many people for my liking, trying to right off Rodin as not good enough for Winton. For me he is one of the best right backs in the league, especially with his ability going forward in attack. His numbers today really show this.

On a day where Winton really struggled for technical security, Rodin posted a phenomenal pass completion percentage. His passes completed were also not the easy passes between center backs, with 40% of his passes against Winton coming within the final third.

With Winton going with three at the back in this match, his defensive duties were lightened and he was really able to show his skills in attack in this match.


Salli shines as lone striker

4 – Shots

1 – Shot on target

1 – Goal

1 – Big Chance

2 – Key Passes

0.94 – xG for the match

0.16 – xA for the match

Edgar Salli is not an all-around type of forward who will spend a lot of time on the ball. In fact, I have often compared him to Jonnie Harris but with his skills taken to the next level and without the injuries. In this match he had just 26 touches,that is just 4% of Winton’s 651 on the day and the lowest of any player who started the match. Even with minimal involvement through directly touching the ball, he was able to be a key player for Winton.

There is some debate among Winton fans about what to do with the striker position. Both Salli and Billy Herbert prefer the position, to playing out on the wing. It is a tough question and one that there really isn’t an easy answer to as both add something unique to the team.

Herbert is the more “complete” player with more ability to get involved in the build up and a build hold up player. Salli has unrivaled movement and speed over short (and long) distances as well as the ability to get onto incredible scoring chances.

This match really illustrates for me the benefits of a world class poacher in the center of the attack, and it is really nice to be able to call on that skill set when needed.