Zero Tolerance v Newport

West Mercia police have released a statement ahead of Saturdays’ clash against Newport County. In what seems to be a strange statement Chief Inspector Melanie Crowther says:

“Our aim is to ensure that the large gathering of supporters from both home and away can visit the New Meadow to watch the game safely without disturbance.

“We will have sufficient police officers available to manage the crowd and the influx of traffic as well as to deal firmly with anyone causing any kind of disorder. There will be a significant police presence inside the ground as well as on the approaches and around the town itself.

“We want to reassure the public that the majority of fans are there to enjoy the game peacefully however we will not hesitate to arrest and charge anyone who does commit a public order offence.”

“We are urging supporters to arrive in good time.  It is an all-ticket fixture for Newport County fans and there is no point anyone travelling without a ticket as they will not be sold to away supporters on match day.

This has come as a bit of a shock to most but there must be some reasoning behind it. We are imagining that this is one of the most local games and with it being Newports’ first visit to Greenhous Meadow, the police must be expecting a large turnout from Newport and we can only imagine they will be bringing a large amount of trouble makers.

We urge all Salop fans to behave themselves and make as much noise as possible inside the ground and help the team continue the 100% home record. Remember this is a massive season and we all know the team perform better with a big atmosphere (Leicester away is as good a example as any) so get yourself to the Meadow on Saturday and make some noise.

COYB!

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Away Day Blues – A Stat Attack

“I want to go home, I want to go hooooooooooome, We can score goals and win there, I want to go home”

Don;t worry, I’m not going to overreact to our recent run of away form.. Yes, we’re 4 away league games into the season and have a grand total of 2 points for our efforts, but it’s not a crisis… and as long as we put it right now, it won’t become one either.

Cards on the table – I haven’t been to an away game this season, so am relying on reports from those committed fans that have made the trips (plus the view of Radio Shropshire’s finest) to form a view of what the problem is.

So, where’s it all gone wrong  not going as well as it should be? Let’s look at the stats:

In the league we’ve conceded 6 goals away from home. 1.25 goals per game is nothing to be sniffed at, in fact that’s pretty miserly. Obviously the lack of a clean sheet is an area we can aim to improve on, but Captain Connor and the rest of the back five are doing a pretty good job so far.

This leaves the other end of the pitch, the end where all the excitement’s being generated, the end of the pitch that’s already created 8 goals in 3 home league games (that’s 2.7 goals per game, stat fans). What’s different away from Fortress Meadow? As I’m throwing numbers around, let’s throw in some more:

At home we score a goal for every 5 shots we have, which is a pretty decent ratio if you ask me, but as soon as we go away from home that stat drops to one goal for every 15 shots… and we don’t average 15 shots a game.

This drop is not because the opposition keepers are on inspired form, it’s because we’re simply not hitting the target (67% miss rate, in case you were wondering). We’re having 50% more shots that our opponents, but getting the same number as them on target. Gives a better view of why we’re struggling outside Salopian boundaries doesn’t it?

What I don’t know is the reason for this. Is it an over-eagerness to score, a sign of the pressure to get a result, or just a random thing that can’t be explained? No idea. What I do know is that we need to improve, because teams that get out of this league win points home and away.

In the meantime, a run of three home games should hopefully help us to get back on track. Anybody booked a room at Travel Lodge Wembley yet…?

Keith the Shrew