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Key stats behind Norwich City’s incredible season

13 May 2019

Just over a week has passed since Norwich City clinched the Sky Bet Championship title with a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa.

It was a fitting end to a remarkable season and we’ve decided to look at some of the key statistics behind Daniel Farke’s squad’s success…

Goals, goals and more goals

City scored a remarkable 93 goals from their 46 league matches giving them an average of just over two goals per-game.

What’s even more remarkable is the fact that City only failed to score in three games, the home defeats to Leeds and Stoke and draw away at Hull.

Behind leaders City in the scoring charts were West Bromwich Albion (87), Aston Villa (82) and Sheffield United (78).

Key to their scoring capabilities has been the form of Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season and Golden Boot winner Teemu Pukki (pictured).

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Signed on a free transfer from Brondby in the summer, the Finnish international scored 29 of the 93 and helped created nine more for his teammates.

In support of Pukki, there were significant scoring contributions from Mario Vrancic (10), Marco Stiepermann (9), Emi Buendia and Onel Hernandez (both with 8).

All five of City’s highest scorers led the way with assists as well with Buendia topping the charts with 12, ahead of Pukki and Hernandez (9).

The goals were spread right throughout the team in fact, with Max Aarons (2), Ben Godfrey (4), Christoph Zimmermann (2) and Timm Klose (4) all contributing when needed.

Six defeats all season

City’s never-say-die attitude and team ethic – which has been highlighted all season by Farke and the players – is outlined in the minute number of defeats they’ve had.

In terms of results, the season took time to get going with three defeats out of six against teams who ended the campaign in the towards the top of the table – West Brom, Sheffield United and Leeds.

However since the end of August, City have only lost three times, taking their overall tally to six. The next best is from fellow promotion winners Sheffield United who lost nine games during the season.

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City’s spirit was summed up after their penultimate home game against Sheffield Wednesday by Mario Vrancic. The playmaker had just netted a stoppage-time free-kick to salvage a vital point.

He said: “We never give up. Never.”

The opening day at Birmingham City set the tone for an incredible season of late drama, with Hernandez scoring with the final kick to make it 2-2.

The late shows against Millwall, Bolton and Nottingham Forest have been well-publicised and rightly so, but you cannot forget the other rescue jobs which have kept City’s number of defeats so low.

Vrancic’s late penalty in September against Wigan helped maintain an important winning run, with doubles from Klose and Jordan Rhodes ensuring back-to-back victories over Forest and Villa at the end of October.

Equalisers in the last ten minutes of games at Brentford and West Bromwich Albion in January were also crucial, with Klose and Rhodes once again coming up with the finishing touches.

The four successive draws in April were hugely important in the context of the season, even though there may have been disappointment at the time, but late goals at Wigan and the Vrancic free-kick at home to Wednesday were extremely valuable in City’s title tilt.

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Possession and passing

City’s possession-based football has earned lots of plaudits this year and it’s no surprise that they’re near the top in the possession and passing charts.

They have the fourth best possession recorded per game at 55.7% - only Leeds, Swansea and Brentford have had more throughout the campaign.

Passing accuracy has also been successful, with City just behind Swansea and Brentford with 79.4% of passes being completed.

Rarely have City scored from long balls this season, with Farke’s style being much more about keeping possession with short, intricate passes.

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City have attempted the second lowest number of long balls per game this season and third highest number of short passes.

Individually, it was Ben Godfrey who registered the best pass completion rate of any player with 89.7% ahead of Tom Trybull (89.5%) and Moritz Leitner (85.7%).

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