Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

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?)



For the very latest Premier League odds

Free £15 bet when you spend £5 on The New Football Pools




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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

Comments

0
Very good article! I don't have it in me to research stats!! :D
KBFulham
08/04/2009 08:18:00
0
Very good article! I don't have it in me to research stats!! :D
KBFulham
08/04/2009 08:18:00
0
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
0
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
0
It sure is! We do have a problem in that area!
KBFulham
08/04/2009 15:17:00
0
It sure is! We do have a problem in that area!
KBFulham
08/04/2009 15:17:00
0
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
0
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
0
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
0
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
Page 1/4
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Fulham Articles

It Could Have Been Us

It`s Bank Holiday Monday and in true British tradition the weather has taken a downward turn.

Dembele Heading Back to London?

Since leaving Fulham Football Club, Moussa Dembele has done everything expected of him.

Top Championship Google Searches 2016/17

Newcastle United topped Google searches for 2016/17 with Aston Villa following in second place, but which other clubs featured in the top ten.

Fulham Sign Youngster with a Well-Known Brother

But will he replicate his success?

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Reading (a)?
Suggested By: putney
Bettinelli22%
Fredericks12%
Kalas0%
Ream3%
Malone3%
McDonald29%
Johansen3%
Cairney16%
Ayite3%
Kebano0%
Aluko0%
Martin0%
Sessegnon3%
Piazon6%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.truezebra1
Write for Vital Football