Many Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media, after LUFC Blog shared the club’s aggregate stats versus Wigan Athletic at Elland Road for the past two seasons.
The Latics have now won on their last two visits to West Yorkshire, after a 59th-minute own goal from Pablo Hernandez gifted Paul Cook’s side what will be a valuable three points in their quest for second-tier survival.
But losing at home having dominated the game so much may prove destructive in our quest for promotion into the Premier League, with West Bromwich Albion now back atop the Championship table and third-placed Fulham only three points behind.
Marcelo Bielsa saw his Whites side control 76.5 per cent of the possession on Saturday, fashion 19 shots to five, hold an 87% pass completion rate to 56% and play 16 key balls to three, per WhoScored data.
Jack Harrison also rattled the woodwork on six minutes when his left-footed strike drifted to the right from 18-yards out, while neither of the squad’s five on-target shots were able to find a way past David Marshall.
We were even more dominant when Wigan visited Elland Road last April, but the Latics triumphed 2-1 on Good Friday despite only holding 23% of possession, taking eight shots to our 36 and completing 53% of their passes.
Are Wigan our 'bogey team'?
The two defeats make for grim reading when combined, with Wigan winning 3-1 on aggregate with 41 fewer shots – 29 less efforts in the penalty area – an expected goals of 1.21 to our 5.67, five fewer big chances created, 103 fewer touches in the opponent’s penalty area, 337 fewer completed passes in the final third and 468 fewer passes completed in the opponent’s half.
United have lost both occasions, though, as we have only managed to convert 1.9% of our shots to Wigan’s 23.1% and have failed to capitalise on any of our big chances whereas the Latics are 100% for tucking home theirs.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to the aggregate stats of our last two home encounters with Wigan…
— Tim B (@yorkshirephotos) February 2, 2020
So would u rather support a team like Wigan killing the game , diving & wasting time from the off or watch super Leeds attacking, slick quick passing, high tempo great football for 90 mins ? Hmmm 🧐
— simon evans (@simonev64476767) February 2, 2020
Trouble is you can have all the best stats, most important factor though is goals scored, played 2 lost 2. MOT #slaw.
— Mark Lazell (@LazellMark) February 2, 2020
— Johnny Galaxy (@screamershock) February 2, 2020
Not pretty, is it?
— Chris Murgatroyd (@normansbite) February 2, 2020
— Peter Cammish (@CammishP) February 2, 2020
this is staggering
— LufcSS (@LufcAlaw) February 2, 2020
Big kev needs to start this lad will score goals @33_augustin
— leeds United at my heart!!!!! (@Matthewlufcnews) February 2, 2020
Make it stop
— unsure man #4 (@meh22184444) February 2, 2020
If we had a 23% conversion rate, just imagine…💙💙💙
— David Thornton (@DigglerBarnes) February 2, 2020