Early this week the Times mentioned this statistic in their daily football email. Fulham have only managed three wins in thirty league games. That's pretty poor and clearly representative of the trough we seem to have found ourselves in during 2007. I wanted to know a bit more about that stat so dug out a few facts to put it in context.
The thirty games is divided equally between Cookies last 15 and Sanchez first 15 (5 last season and 10 this).
Home: Wins 1, Draws 5, Loses 2
Away: Wins 0, Draws 4, Loses 3
Total: Wins 1, Draws 9, Loses 5 - Points 12
Home: Wins 2, Draws 4, Loses 2
Away: Wins 0, Draws 2, Loses 5
Total: Wins 2, Draws 6, Loses 7 - Points 12
That doesn't really say a lot other than Sanchez has yet to show any improvement on the form that saw Coleman lose his job, but to some extent the figures are skewed as Sanchez are split between last season (5 games) and this season during which time he has completely rebuilt the squad. I feel like I'm probably going over old ground here but stick with me.
To get a clearer picture of how the last 30 games compare with other Premier League teams, I picked two other sides of similar stature and checked their results.
Home: Wins 3, Draws 9, Loses 4
Away: Wins 0, Draws 6, Loses 8
Total: Wins 3, Draws 15, Loses 12 - Points 24
Home: Wins 8, Draws 3, Loses 5
Away: Wins 3, Draws 4, Loses 8
Total: Wins 11, Draws 7, Loses 13 - Points 40
Home: Wins 9, Draws 1, Loses 5
Away: Wins 2, Draws 5, Loses 8
Total: Wins 11, Draws 6, Loses 13 - Points 39
Now that really surprised me. Maybe it shouldn't as we've spent the best part of those 30 games in the bottom 5 of the league but I was shocked at the disparity in the number of games won and the corresponding points gained. I'm not sure I can face trawling through soccerbase to see if there's another team with as bad a record as us but I suspect there isn't. We need to start winning games right now and the fightback begins this Saturday. Come on Lawrie show us you've got what it takes and come on you Whites!
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