League 2 timelines, 18 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

Despite going a man down halfway through the match, Accrington still managed to keep Colchester quiet until relatively late on to secure what could be a vital win. Barnet suppressed the usually-irrepressible Portsmouth to an even more impressive extent, although their visitors were still able to pop up with a late equaliser. Cambridge put in the weekend’s strongest EFL performance in recovering from going two goals down to Newport. Leyton Orient and Wycombe both finished empty-handed despite comfortably out-creating their visitors.