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How Good is Mark Schwarzer?

How Good is Mark Schwarzer?

KBFulhams latest article inspired me to look a little closer at our keeper, so I thought I`d delve into the wonderful world of statistics.

Many people believe statistics mean absolutely nothing.

The answer to who was the better team is displayed clearly on the scoreboard at the end of ninety minutes. Who cares how much time of possession a team had.

It`s about winning and losing, right? Well, yes… and no. I`m a big believer in statistics. Winners and losers are obvious, but the truth of how they got there can often be revealed in those useless numbers compiled after every match. Which brings me to my question - how good is Mark Schwarzer?

Fulham have conceded 27 goals through 31 games, tied with Arsenal for 4th best in the league, and we`re 6th in the league with 12 clean sheets.

Good defense, right? Not really! Schwarzer has faced 171 shots on goal; 3rd most in the league.

More importantly, he`s made 144 saves; 1st in the league.

Now, I don`t know what you get from these numbers, but here`s what I get…

1) Our keeper is even better than I thought he was.

2) Our defense, despite the presence of Hangeland, is not what it should be and needs to be improved mightily over the summer.

In my mind, I had already penciled in Hangeland as our player of the year, but after this little exercise, I think I may change my vote.

So back to my original question - how good is Mark Schwarzer?

Answer: Really Damn Good! (But, you didn`t need numbers to tell you that, did you?)

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Writer:Samboney
Date:Wednesday April 8 2009
Time: 6:00AM

Comments

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Very good article! I don't have it in me to research stats!! :D
KBFulham
08/04/2009 08:18:00
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Very good article! I don't have it in me to research stats!! :D
KBFulham
08/04/2009 08:18:00
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Thanks. Twas easy. No long division required. I found another stat that was pretty interesting, but not worth an entire article. If you just take half-time results, Fulham would be in 4th position in the league. 10 wins, 19 draws and 2 losses. I think that's a perfect illustration of our lack of depth and how it effects us late in games.
Samboney
08/04/2009 14:31:00
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Thanks. Twas easy. No long division required. I found another stat that was pretty interesting, but not worth an entire article. If you just take half-time results, Fulham would be in 4th position in the league. 10 wins, 19 draws and 2 losses. I think that's a perfect illustration of our lack of depth and how it effects us late in games.
Samboney
08/04/2009 14:31:00
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It sure is! We do have a problem in that area!
KBFulham
08/04/2009 15:17:00
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It sure is! We do have a problem in that area!
KBFulham
08/04/2009 15:17:00
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Reminds me of a stat from last year. About 3/4 of the way through the season I had heard that, based on scores at half time, Fulham would have been at the top of the table. Damn those goals in the final 10'. Also, not to knock on Schwarzer because I think he is doing very well, but it has seemed to me that a lot of the shots that are taken on him are from either poor angles or are poorly hit balls. Leads me to believe our defence may actually be up to snuff!
fullcircle
08/04/2009 15:54:00
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Reminds me of a stat from last year. About 3/4 of the way through the season I had heard that, based on scores at half time, Fulham would have been at the top of the table. Damn those goals in the final 10'. Also, not to knock on Schwarzer because I think he is doing very well, but it has seemed to me that a lot of the shots that are taken on him are from either poor angles or are poorly hit balls. Leads me to believe our defence may actually be up to snuff!
fullcircle
08/04/2009 15:54:00
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Yeh, but the fact that our opponents are even able to put that many shots on goal suggests that we're not marking well enough. Too much space given. Compare his numbers to Van der Sar and Reina. Van der Sar has only faced 96 SOG this season (through 1 less game) and Reina has only faced 97. That's a big difference.
Samboney
08/04/2009 16:16:00
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Yeh, but the fact that our opponents are even able to put that many shots on goal suggests that we're not marking well enough. Too much space given. Compare his numbers to Van der Sar and Reina. Van der Sar has only faced 96 SOG this season (through 1 less game) and Reina has only faced 97. That's a big difference.
Samboney
08/04/2009 16:16:00
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