League 1 timelines, 4-5 Feb 2017

A quick explanation

You can skip this if you’ve seen these before.

As usual, here are timeline graphics for the latest round of matches. There’s a full explanation of these here, but in a nutshell they track how each club’s expected goals tally (the number of goals that the average team would have scored from the chances that they created) increased over the course of the match.

This allows us to get a better sense of how each game played out than from just watching the highlights. Every jump in a line is a shot, with bigger jumps corresponding to more promising chances (at least as far as I can tell from the limited data available at this level).

There are two numbers next to each club’s name: the first is how many goals they scored and the second (in brackets) is how many goals the average club would have scored from their shots. The latter number is what the lines track, with dots on the lines denoting the goals they actually scored.

Individual matches

Oldham snatched a vital win at Chesterfield despite having gone almost the entire second half – and a big chunk of the first – without even shooting. Wimbledon were even more anonymous as Sheffield United put them to the sword but the attacking performance of the day belonged to Shrewsbury in the other relegation six-pointer. The Shrews recovered from a sluggish opening half an hour to run riot at home to Bury and register a potentially crucial win in their battle against the drop.