PlayerStat Data’s Gameweek 11 Best XI

Gameweek 11 was a mixed weekend for some clubs; Dundalk got back to winning ways in the League, Shamrock Rovers 3 points closer to the title but Cork City fell to the bottom of the table & Bohs lost their second game in a row. We captured every event for each player in each game, giving our clients greater insights, performance-wise, over Gameweek 11.

We collected performance data across the 5 games and 142 outfield players (with breakdowns per player on 1st half and 2nd half performances); interesting statistics show that were:

· 3,086 attempted passes

· 99 efforts on goal

· 474 progressive regains of possession

Below is Gameweek 11, PlayerStat Data Team of the Week *(min. 45 mins played)

GK – Brian Murphy (Waterford FC) – we must acknowledge that our GK data model is still in testing, but this selection was an easy one. Brian has brought a calmness, a presence and most importantly, two clean sheets to the table since returning from injury. Set pieces into the Waterford box are dealt with in a calm way and with minimal fuss. A key figure in Waterford’s two recent wins & the Bohs game was no different. His starting position alone brings the players another 10+ yards further up the pitch.

RB & LB – Georgie Poynton (Shelbourne) & Tyreke Wilson (Waterford) – One or two others were unlucky to miss out here, but from a creativity point of view, both players are head and shoulders above the others. Defensively, Georgie won 100% of his headers, 66% of 1v1 situations (in an 82 min battle with Michael Duffy) and a 90% progressive regain %. Tyreke won 75% of his headers, just under 70% progressive regain % and blocked one shot.

At the other end, Georgie scored one, assisted one, created three chances for teammates: Shelbourne’s most creative force by far. Tyreke, similarly, scored and assisted one; created four chances for others, had four efforts on goal himself and 100% attacking 1v1 success rate. Brilliant numbers from both in an attacking/creativity sense.

LCB – Teemu Penninkangas (Sligo Rovers) – a fine defensive performance from the centre half here. He did not lose a single def. 1v1 situation, 100% progressive regains and excellent possession figures (88.5% pass completion rate across 35 attempts, with the highest % of progressive pass attempts of any player over the weekend).

RCB – Luke McNally (St. Pat’s) – best defender this gameweek; won all his tackles, defensive headers and def. 1v1 situations. He also had an 83.33% progressive regain success rate. A brilliant defensive performance – add in a clean sheet on top of that as well.

DM – Chris Shields (Dundalk) – a much more solid performance from Shields at the weekend – interestingly, he was a bit more progressive in possession – taking on 6 dribbles in the game. He had 100% success rate in his tackles and defensive headers, highest number of progressive interceptions (6) and the highest number of pass attempts (2nd in number of successful passes).

CM – Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers) & David Cawley (Sligo Rovers) – the same duo as were in the August Team of the Month. Jack Byrne again; 69 successful passes, close to 90% pass completion rate, 83.33% progressive pass success. 2 assists and one pre-assist for Rovers’ 3 goals and defensively, 100% progressive regain success. David Cawley was a tight call, a few CM/AM options available here. Created two chances for teammates, two successful crosses. A 90.5% pass completion rate (81.82% progressive pass success rate) and five successful def. 1v1 situations to his name,

RW – Graham Burke (Shamrock Rovers) ­ – one pre-assist, four efforts on goal, two dribbles (resulting in 100% success rate in att. 1v1 situations). Burke also had the second highest number of established possessions in the opponent’s box (a key territory metric) and an 80% success rate in progressive passes. A key figure in Rovers’ 3 points at the weekend.

LW – Michael Duffy (Dundalk) – like Shields, arguably his best performance since the restart. A screamer of a goal, 5 established possessions in Shels’ box, 3 efforts on goal, 3 successful dribbles, and two chances created for his teammates. Defensively, he won all his tackles, had 100% progressive regain success and progressive in possession too (85.71% of successful passes in a forward direction). A fine performance from Duffy on Friday night.

ATT – Aaron Greene (Shamrock Rovers) – the most important metric for any striker is goals; he scored two at the weekend. A strong presence in the Cork City penalty area (8 established possessions), 2 chances created for his teammates and 3 efforts in total on the Cork City goal. Hard to look past Aaron for a starting position up front in this Team of the Week.

Unlucky to miss out

Andy Lyons (Bohemians) and Regan Donelon (Sligo Rovers) – both players were slightly unlucky to miss out on a place in the Team of the Week, but Poynton and Wilson’s attacking stats gave them the edge. Lyons had a 93.33% progressive regain success rate, Donelon 50%; Donelon won all his tackles and def. 1v1 situations (Lyons 66.67% def. 1v1 success) and both players were in the 75%-85% pass completion success bracket. That said, their attacking and creative data points did not compare to our chosen two and that swayed our decision.

Ali Coote (Waterford), Robbie Benson (St. Pat’s) and Ciaron Harkin (Derry City) – each of these three players were just nudged out by David Cawley; a close call. Coote’s goal and 6 efforts on goal were stand-out stats for him (but weaker defensive & possession stats compared to Cawley). We also chose Cawley over Ciaron Harkin’s stand-out stats (won 75% of his def. 1v1 situations, 2 chances created for teammates and a 70% pass completion rate). Similar story with Robbie Benson’s 8 def. 1v1 successful situations (League highest), 100% success rate in att. 1v1 situations and just below a 75% pass completion rate