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Spireites' 2015/16 Vital Statistics: Part 1, The Team

6 June 2016

The most vital of statistics may have been the Spireites' 18th-placed finish in the Sky Bet League 1 table, but how did Chesterfield stack up in other categories during the last campaign?*

Attendances

Home Average: 6,676

Good for tenth in the division, Chesterfield were above the likes of Doncaster Rovers (6,489), Peterborough United (5,447) and promoted Burton Albion (4,089), with Rochdale (3,098) bringing up the attendance rear.

Top of the league here were Sheffield United (19,803), ahead of Bradford City (18.090) and with Coventry City (12,570) third after their Ricoh Arena return.

The highest single-game home gate for the Spireites was 9,402 for the visit of the Blades, while the lowest dip was to 5,227 when Colchester United came to town in September and played out a 3-3 draw.

The Proact was certainly a good place to sing when we were winning in 2015/16 - with the hosts not scoring less than three goals in all six of their home wins.

Goal-den spells and late defensive woes

By splitting the matches across the campaign down into 15-minute spells it's perhaps unsurprising to see that the Spireites were at their most vulnerable in the last quarter of an hour of games, scoring 11 late goals but conceding a whopping 19.

In fact, no other team let in as many goals in the final time period; Crewe and Doncaster were closest with 17 each, while Swindon were the most ace of last-gasp snipers, netting 20 late goals.

Chesterfield were far more profitable in the first half, netting most commonly in the 16-30 and 31-45 minute brackets, across the two time zones they scored 18 and conceded a mere 15 - to ensure they were level or ahead in 74% of their league fixtures at the break.

At the Proact the Spireites played out two goal-less draws, while there was at least one goal in every road game, with 43% of away games ending either 1-0 against Chesterfield or 2-1 to us.

Discipline

As a club, the Spireites picked up 70 yellow cards - joint for 12th lowest - but joined Wigan Athletic at the pinnacle of the league in the red card stakes, garnering five during the league season.

A special mention here for Mani Dieseruvwe, as while he may have just had one in the league (at Coventry City), he did collect a second in the League Cup at Carlisle United.

Who was the most likely to end up in the referee's notebook for the Spireites this season? Stand up Sam Morsy, who managed to gather ten yellow cards before moving to Wigan - where he added one more before the year's end.

Of those still at the club, Ollie Banks was next with a discreditable nine yellows, one every 253 minutes, though both players were still some way behind the league's top offenders Anthony Grant (Port Vale) and John Fleck (Coventry City) who both collected 13.

Paying the Penalty

There were seven penalties in Chesterfield games this season and the Spireites were awarded four of them. Happily, all four hit the back of the net with Jay O'Shea and Lee Novak getting two each.

Of the three conceded by the Spireites, 'keeper Tommy Lee saved one - from Nathan Tyson away at Doncaster Rovers, Lee's first penalty save since March 2014 when he saved's from Accrington Stanley's Danny Webber - but his luck was out as the striker stabbed home the rebound.

The most deadly 12-yard marksmen for the campaign were Rochdale's Ian Henderson and Millwall's Lee Grogory, both scored six from the spot - though both also missed two. 

The players' two teams were also the most awarded penalty-wise, earning nine each, while Swindon Town perhaps need to stay on their feet in the area a little more, as they conceded a whopping 14 spot-kicks in 2015/16. Bradford City on the other hand conceded absolutely none.

There will be more vital statistics to follow later in the week as we cast an eye on the individuals in the Spireites' ranks over the 2015/16 campaign.

*Please note that these statistics are for Sky Bet League 1 matches alone and do not account for any cup matches.

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