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End of Season Number-Crunching
evertonfc.com , 15th May 2010 - 07:00
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Well, another Premier League season is over and luckily, we have the World Cup to tide us over until August.
But after casting an eye over the Blues' season some very interesting statistics (don't groan when you see the word 'statistics!) have come to prominence and some to be proud of indeed.
The obvious ones first...and pay attention at the back, please!
Leighton Baines produced more Premier League goal assists in a single campaign than any defender in the last decade. His total of nine goal assists equalled Nicky Shorey's effort from 2007-08.
Tim Howard was ever-present for the second-successive campaign and has now stretched his consecutive number of starts for the Blues to 109.
Howard also made 11 Premier League clean sheets, taking his total in an Everton shirt to 55, seven behind Neville Southall from 60 less appearances.
Jake Bidwell became the youngest player ever to play for Everton in Europe when featuring against BATE Borisov at home on December 17th 2009. He was 16 years and 278 days old.
Louis Saha scored 13 league goals this season from 32 appearances. Only four players have recorded more in a Premier League campaign and only Yakubu - with 15 goals from 29 games - had a better goal ratio.
Just for the record, the other players achieved their totals in successive seasons: Andrei Kanchelskis with 16 from 32 in 1995-96, Paul Rideout the previous year with 14 from 29 and Tony Cottee in the first renewal of the Premier League with 16 from 39 games.
It was a good year for goals all-round, with 15 players finding the net in the league, totalling 60 goals. This is the Blues' best return in a Premier League season since 1995-96 when 64 goals were scored under Joe Royle.
This year saw us frighten the supposed 'bigger' clubs.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all departed Goodison with nothing, Aston Villa and Tottenham could only take a point.
Chelsea couldn't beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge either as Everton were one of only two teams to come away from the league champions without defeat.
After a less than desirable start to the season, where we only picked up 21 points by the end of November, the campaign really started to gather a head of steam. Between December 1 and the end of the season, David Moyes men recorded the Club's best-ever sequence of results during that period by losing only two of 24 games.
They also won the highest number of points by an Everton side in the same period since the 1987 Championship win, with 46 from 24 games. When Howard Kendall's men marched to the title, they collected 52 points from their last 23 matches.
Moyes men ended the season with an unbeaten home run of 12, which is the best run since 1999-2000 when the side were unbeaten from 11 April 1999 until 4 March 2000, a sequence of 16 games.
Something else to aim for at the beginning of next term.
The current away run is six unbeaten and one more game on the road without defeat will create a new Premier League record for Everton.
And the current sequence of 11 unbeaten home and away in the league is the Club's best.
Seriously though, it shows exactly how the Blues have recovered from the misfiring opening gambit to the campaign and even a slightly better beginning would have saw Moyes' men finish in a higher position.
There is some much optimism from the fans, players and management and rightly so.
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