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Not to be defeatist (I still think a miracle is possible, if not probable), but I thought it would be interesting to see how we stack up against recent bottom clubs in the second tier, as far as goals for and against per game. I have put in their final points totals too.
Wycombe 20/21: 0.70 / 1.52
Hull 19/20: 1.23 / 1.89 45 points
Ipswich 18/19: 0.78 / 1.67 31 points
Sunderland 17/18: 1.13 / 1.74 37 points
Rotherham 16/17: 0.87 / 2.13 23 points
Bolton 15/16: 0.89 / 1.76 30 points
Blackpool 14/15: 0.78 / 1.98 26 points
A bit of a negative exercise, but it underlines just how much the problem has been with the attack. We are scoring less goals per game than every recent bottom club, but we have conceded less goals per game than every bottom club!
Based on form so far, we are on pace for 32 goals for, 70 against.
No bottom club has scored as few as 32 since the division went to 46 games in the early 90s.
No bottom club has conceded as few as 70 since Rotherham conceded 69 in 2004/05 (only scored 35)
I think we all expect to score more than 16 in the second half of the season (especially given the fact we did not score for the first several games), but for me these numbers underline just how much we need to get the attack on track.