Blackburn Rovers were held to a goalless draw against Barnsley in the eighth game week of the EFL Championship. The team had scored at least a single goal in the previous fixtures, and this was the first match this season in which the Rovers players were unable to find the back of the net.
What were the team attacking struggles in their previous match? In which areas did the team underperform and were unable to score a goal?
Blackburn Rovers team had scored 11 goals in the previous seven games. The team averages more than one goal per game. A goalless draw meant that the goals per 90 average decreased for the Rovers.
In the match against Barnsley, Blackburn created 21 positional attacks in the match and two shots were attempted during the process. A total of three shots were attempted in the match and two shots were saved by the goalkeeper. The XG was around 0.59 in the match and less than their opponent. The overall XG for Rovers is more than one per game.
The above viz shows the total shots taken by all the Championship teams this season. Blackburn is ranked low with 69 shots attempted in eight matches. The team averaged more than nine shots per game before the match against Barnsley. But with only three attempts, the average decreased, and the Rovers players didn’t create those many chances as they did in their previous games. The shots on target before this match were 30 in number, with an average of four shots per game. But in this match, only two shots were on target.
Blackburn Rovers averages around 21 positional attacks per game in the Championship this season. Against Barnsley, the team created the same amount of positional attacks but attempted fewer shots than the previous games. Blackburn team averaged around five shots from positional attacks before this game. In the match against Barnsley, Rovers only attempted two shots, and there was a decrease in the average of shots taken per 90 minutes.
Blackburn Rovers forward players didn’t create much threat with their passing. Harry Pickering who plays in the position of left-back created the most threat with his passing. The creative zones were wide on both the sides and less creativity was shown in the middle of the park. The forward players like Brereton, Dolan and Poveda were unable to create any threat.
Blackburn Rovers’ efficiency was the reason behind their goal-scoring run in every match played. The team has created fewer chances overall in the league, but have scored more goals than other teams in the league. In their previous match Rovers created fewer chances and the shots attempted were less in number.