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Boro's turnaround in numbers

By Freemo18/3 20:28Thu Mar 18 20:28:20 2021

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We've now played 36 league games, the same as the curtailed season last year, allowing us to compare like with like:

2019/20 results

22 points
Won 3
Drawn 13
Lost 20

Goals for: 24 (24th of 24)
Goals against: 50 (17th of 24)

2020/21 results

43 points
Won 9
Drawn 16
Lost 11

Goals for: 28 (22nd of 24)
Goals against: 31 (2nd of 24)

So a marginal gain in attacking prowess, offset by a huge improvement in defence, leading to our status as kings of the 0-0 draw.

Check out our cumulative points tallies as the two seasons progressed:



After getting four points on the board early doors, we soon reverted to eerily similar form to the previous season. In fact, by 21 November we were marooned on 8 points from 13 games, exactly matching where we were at the same point.

The following 5 games saw us repeat the precise 6 points we got the season before during our spell of midtable form under Sampson, with similarly rare goalscoring. Everything changed between Christmas '19 and Christmas '20 except shit Boro.

The Wilkins Effect?

Dean joined us before game 18, a draw with Cheltenham. We then went on to beat Cambridge, and that's where we suddenly picked up.

In January 2020, we beat Cambridge 4-0 and went on to lose the next 8. This season, we took 12 points from the following 8 games. Had GW done that, we'd have finished above Morecambe and that would've been that; no tribunals, no appeals, no Phil calling in favours from the fraternal order.

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Re: Boro's turnaround in numbers

By SFC Jonny19/3 21:08Fri Mar 19 21:08:15 2021In response to Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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Great stats here. Interesting, as over the season I think our defence have got quite a lot of flak from the fans. Perhaps unfairly.

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Re: Boro's turnaround in numbers

By AgentEves19/3 18:52Fri Mar 19 18:52:31 2021In response to Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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It's really, really difficult to argue that Revs is suddenly a good manager and our improved form isn't down to Wilkins.

I mean, there's no hard proof, but I just can't see it any other way. If we were continually making small improvements, and then all of a sudden everything fell into place, sure, then you could argue that maybe Revs finally figured it out. But we went from week-after-week of never looking anything like scoring, let alone winning, culminating in a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Carlisle, to looking like a completely different team overnight. The 0-0 draws are brutal, but we have shown plenty of times that we are capable of playing well. Prior to Wilkins, we never even showed flashes of being competent. Every single game was brutal.

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By Sev19/3 19:19Fri Mar 19 19:19:12 2021In response to Re: Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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I agree that Wilkins has had a big impact but I don't think he is running things. More that he has shown Revell the error of his ways.

So you would hope now Revs knows what a winning (ish) formula is, he could continue that with or without Wilkins (not that is any reason to).

I watched the Donut King documentary about an American donut company who trained a Cambodian immigrant who then opened his own store and grew to having over 50 stores in one state and became a multi millionaire, not even dinky donuts could compete with him. Spoiler alert: He developed a gambling problem and lost everything in the end. It was a good documentary.

My point, you can learn your trade from someone good and then become better than them, and I also like donuts.

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By Borobubbles20/3 16:14Sat Mar 20 16:14:24 2021In response to Re: Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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Adrian Durham on Talksport gave a praise for the club for turning it around and also Revell & Wilkins.

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By AgentEves19/3 19:33Fri Mar 19 19:33:23 2021In response to Re: Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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It's absolutely possible, but we are still seeing a lot of the negative, defensive style, which is only occasionally overridden by a more pass-focused attacking system. Which makes me think that Revs, if left alone, would prefer his team to play direct, defensive and operate a 'safety first' plan.

It's obviously all just speculation. The only people who really know are those inside the club. But that's what my instinct is telling me.

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By Deltic 2120/3 15:16Sat Mar 20 15:16:48 2021In response to Re: Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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And mine.

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By Freemo19/3 19:47Fri Mar 19 19:47:11 2021In response to Re: Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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I legitmately think we're better because Wilkins is shouting at the players what to do, and when he isn't they're worried he might be about to and take more care.

Simple game.

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Re: Boro's turnaround in numbers

By Chet Manley (Paulio)19/3 19:15Fri Mar 19 19:15:23 2021In response to Re: Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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It’s down to Sampson being able to coach without having to do the manager’s job too.

Revs is the face
Wilkins is the manager
Sampson is the coach
Keef is the boot washer

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By SFCfox19/3 20:31Fri Mar 19 20:31:28 2021In response to Re: Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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Agreed.

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By AgentEves19/3 19:34Fri Mar 19 19:34:37 2021In response to Re: Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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I'd have thought that a troll of your calibre would have realised that no-one is biting on the fake Sampson agenda you're spewing.

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By Chet Manley (Paulio)19/3 20:06Fri Mar 19 20:06:22 2021In response to Re: Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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Prove be wrong.

Or me.

Edited by Paulio at 20:06:32 on 19th March 2021

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Re: Boro's turnaround in numbers

By Sev18/3 20:30Thu Mar 18 20:30:40 2021In response to Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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Half of last season's goals conceded probably came after the 80th minute. Glad we got rid of that habit.

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Re: Boro's turnaround in numbers

By Freemo18/3 22:27Thu Mar 18 22:27:26 2021In response to Re: Boro's turnaround in numbersTop of thread

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By my count we'd have been 14 points better off without 80'+ counting.

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