The effectiveness of Grimsby Town’s strike partnerships revealed

Ross Hannah celebrates with his hands in the air as Rodman and Thomas join him.

Image taken from the Grimsby Telegraph.

Ok, so as I mentioned in Thursday’s blog post, I’ve been working on a graph that shows how effective the various strike partnerships have been for Grimsby Town since Paul Hurst took sole managerial responsibility of the team in September 2013.

This graph is not meant to be a direct criticism of anyone, or to prove anything. I did it simply so fans had something to dissect and discuss in relation to the current debate about our strikers and the way they have been selected and performing this season.

But first, here are some statistics I’ve collated, which I think are also worth sharing:

  • Our record under Hurst (in all competitions): P 42, W 21, D 11, L 10, F 69, A 43 – that’s a 50% win ratio
  • Our record up until (and including) Boxing Day: P 23, W 15, D 5, L 3, F 40, A 17
  • Our record since Boxing Day: P 18, W 6, D 5, L 7, F 29, A 26
  • Of those 69 goals scored under Hurst, 32 (46.4%) have been scored by the strikers
  • Top goalscoring strikers under Hurst: Hannah (10), John-Lewis (8), Southwell (5), Cook (4), Hearn (3), Jennings (1), Tounkara (1)
  • Hurst has named 13 different strike partnerships involving 10 players (which includes Colbeck, Neilson and Rodman in the early 4-3-3 formation)
  • After the 2-0 win at Lincoln on Boxing Day, Hurst rotated his strikers in 10 of the next 11 games
  • The strike partnerships rarely stay the same from one game to the next – changing no fewer than 25 times
  • The longest spell where a strike partnership remained the same was for four matches (John-Lewis and Hannah, on two occasions)

So then, here’s how each of those 13 different striker combinations has performed for the Mariners under Hurst:

Bar chart showing the performances of Grimsby Town's strike partnerships.
The aim of the graph is to illustrate how many strike partnerships manager Paul Hurst has used during his time in sole charge of the team, and to show how effective each of those partnerships has been in terms of producing goals for themselves and the team.

Sure, it might not be the most effective (or even fair) way to display the information, but I’m not a numbers person – and I’m certainly not an Excel person – so this is me having a stab at something new (and trying to have a bit of fun at the same time). Who knew spreadsheets could be fun?

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