Assessing the difference in defensive behaviours between defensively successful and defensively unsuccessful teams in League Two football.

Bowen, Joseph (2016) Assessing the difference in defensive behaviours between defensively successful and defensively unsuccessful teams in League Two football. UNSPECIFIED thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the difference in defensive behaviours between defensively successful teams and defensively unsuccessful teams. Eight matches (eight teams) were analysed from the English League Two 2014/15 season. The four teams that conceded the most and least goals with games counterbalanced for match location. Post-event analysis was completed using SportCode Elite V10 (Sportstec, Warriewood, NSW, Australia) for the 953 turnovers collected. Time to regain, Location of turnover, Number of players pressing and distribution of players relative to the turnover location were collected all checked for reliability using kappa and percentage error checks. A 4x2 pitch division was used to create eight zones (Attacking left (AL) and right (AR), Pre-attacking left (PAL) and right (PAR), Pre-defensive left (PDL) and right (PDR) and Defensive left (DL) and right (DR). The difference in time to regain the ball was assessed between defensively successful and defensively unsuccessful teams using a Mann-Whitney U test. Associations between defensive successfulness and (1) location of turnover and (2) number of player pressing was tested using a chi-squared test (p<0.05). Defensively successful teams had a significantly shorter TTR (4.2±5.5) than defensively unsuccessful teams (8.9±15.4). Defensive successfulness had a significant association with location of regain (p=0.0001) with successful teams having more (12-28%) turnovers in attacking zones (AL, PAR, PAL) and unsuccessful teams having more in defensive zones (DL and DR). Defensive successfulness also had a significant association with number of players pressing (p=0.0001) with successful teams having more (64-100%) turnovers with two-four players pressing and unsuccessful teams having more turnovers (46%) with no players pressing. When the ball was turned over in attacking zones defensively successful teams had more players (17-96%) distributed in attacking zones whereas defensively unsuccessful teams having more players in defensive zones (11-84%). It is recommended for teams to apply greater pressure during games to win the ball back as fast as possible to control the game and press higher to prevent the onset of attacking prowess, minimizing the likelihood of conceding a goal.

Item Type: Thesis
Keywords: Q Science (General)
Members: University of Chichester
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 13:01
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 13:01
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/12211

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