Here with his latest lowdown on the facts and figures which formed our season, it’s that man @carlislestats1…
It’s not worked out, we’ve missed something. Everyone has to take some of the blame from Greg, the players and the board. They’ve got things wrong this season, badly wrong.
Looking back the highlights are few and far between, beating Ipswich and the Joe Garner show versus Oldham spring to mind. The ultimate question has to be asked, why have we finished 17th this season and 8th last season? We have problems and need to fix them.
Signings this season: Edwards, Cadamarteri, Higginbotham, O’Halloran, McGinty, Jervis amongst others have been a real bugbear with me this season and I’m sure I’m not alone with this view. Greg needs to find the Chesters and Marshalls that set Brunton alight. This season is definitely one to forget.
But what do the figures tell us?
Goal Scorers: Lee Miller leads our goal scoring charts for the 2nd season running. 9 goals since late December has been a decent return for a injury hit striker. He carried our side last and deserves a lot of respect from our fans of what he’s done for the club, regardless if he moves on.
Joe Garner and Matty Robson share 2nd place hitting 8 goals each for United. The return of Garner another standout memory from a lowly season. Joe signed for Preston in January and still hasn’t scored his first goal for the Lilywhites.
Matty Robson deservedly won Supporters player of the year. Since moving to the left wing, rather than left back Robson has been Utd’s key figure this season. Liam Noble grabs 3rd place with 7 goals, hitting his form from last season and the end of this one.
Assists: Jon-Paul McGovern leads this table with 10 to his name, one more than last season. Doncaster’s midfielder David Cotterill hit the League One heights with 21, more than any other player in the Football League.
Our wide man Matty Robson hit 6, with youngsters Mark Beck and David Symington getting 4 a piece. Striker Lee Miller hit 1 assist all season, a poor return after last year’s 11.
Shooting: Liam Noble has hit the most shots for Utd this season with 74 to his name, 42 of them on target. Matty Robson grabs 2nd hitting 66 shots towards the target. Joe Garner next with 47 shots for Carlisle this season.
Lee Miller hit 32 shots all season with 9 of them ending up in the back of the net. Carlisle hit the woodwork 23 times this season, more than any other League One club.
Discipline: Lee Miller, the big striker, has committed the most fouls for Utd this season with 51. 2nd is midfielder James Berrett with 45. Unsurprisingly, completing the top three is ‘Defender’ Mike Edwards with 39.
Liam Noble has collected the most cautions this season with 10, closely followed by fellow midfield men Paul Thirlwell and James Berrett both with 9.
Collectively Utd have committed 445 fouls in League One this season, picking up 60 yellow cards, 3 red and conceding 6 penalties. Unsurprisingly Preston top the table committing 600 fouls.
Defence: Utd have had a awful year at the back, conceding 77 goals in league one alone; the 2nd worst record in the whole football league behind Bristol City with 80.
Utd only kept 7 league clean sheets, Scunthorpe being the only team with a lower quantity (5).
Carlisle conceded an average of 1.67 goals per game in League One alone this season, the worst record in the league.
The ones that got away?
The striker scored 2 goals in 7 starts and 25 substitute appearances for Carlisle, in his time at the club.
Since joining Yeovil on loan on the 5th of October Madden has gone on to score 22 goals for Yeovil in just 36 games, therefore becoming League One’s golden boot winner and a place in the League One team of the year. Who would of thought that at the start of the season?
Wells has been pivotal to Bradford’s historic season. He played a key role in Bradford’s extraordinary cup run that saw them lose 5-0 in the Capital One Cup final against Swansea. He hit 22 goals for Bradford this season, and we’ll see the Bermudan at Brunton Park next season following Bradford’s successful play-off campaign.
The experienced striker left Utd in 2007 after loan spells at Rochdale and Stockport.
He’s gone on to score over 100 goals in professional football. This season though, has been far and away his best yet. The Crystal Palace 29 year old has hit an incredible 30 goals this season.
The Released – More Cause for Consternation?
The Scottish striker arrived at Brunton in January 2011 and has gone on to be a fans favourite amongst the terraces. The Scotsman has enjoyed 38 starts and 19 sub appearances for the Cumbrian’s, scoring 8 goals including a memorable over head kick v Alfreton in the FA Cup (a record not much better than Craig Curran – ed.).
The 28 year old right back came here with promise and showed that in his first season. However after picking up a injury the Frank we were used to see was gone and had been replaced by a nervy looking ball player. Simek went on to make 121 starts and 2 substitute appearances since signing in July 2010.
‘A disappointment’ would some up Andy’s career at Carlisle, and I think he would agree with that. Since signing for the blues from Yeovil in June 2011 Andy has racked up 14 starts and 24 substitute appearances scoring 0 goals. He has been unlucky and on more than one occasion has found himself out of the team in favour of Francois Zoko, Rory Loy and this season, Matty Robson.
The big stopper made 158 starts for Utd, and one solitary substitute appearance, losing his place to rising talent Mark Gillespie. In his 12 games this season Collin keep a clean sheet, however during 2011/12 season he made more saves (270) than any other League One keeper.
The ultimate professional. Murphy’s commitment and desire for the club cannot be argued. He loves the club and we love him. 446 starts for the club is a phenomenal achievement and was deservedly marked by his testimonial earlier in the season. Murph, as his team mates call him, has scored 30 goals in his time at United. His Wembley winner v Brentford and his heroics in the play-off final against Stevenage the most memorable amongst them.
Beast, as the Warwick came to name him, brought a smile to everyone’s face. His 7 substitute appearances, which we and himself enjoyed, injected a bit a spirit to the terraces. His standout memory surely playing a big part in Luke Ayling’s calamitous own goal which saw Utd get a 3-3 draw right at the death. But, despite his claims to that horrorshow, he never registered a single United goal.
Sadly are few and far between, the Spurs game which saw 12,635 through the turnstiles was a fantastic evening, and a chance to welcome some Premier league stars.
Joe Garner’s return was another one that got the fans going, credit has to go to Abbott for that one, no one saw him returning. Two down, and I’m struggling to think of many more. Chris Lumsdon’ turn on Paul Thirlwell during Murphy’s testimonial another magical moment. Fingers crossed next season is a better one for all, I believe in Greg and he’ll learn from his mistakes.
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