So, Pressley’s seen enough and trimmed his squad down to the bare essentials. But what do we all think of the decisions?

Having now had confirmation of the 8 players he’s told can sling their hook, it felt like a good time to check out how these decisions aligned with the player ratings I collected during 2012/13.

You remember, I thought it’d be a brilliant idea to collect ratings on each player in the vein hope that by the end of the campaign I’d have collected a somewhat saner understanding of the performance of our players. I’m acutely aware of the erratic screeching that accompanies a bad result, or the wild exaggeration after a player has successfully completed a pass. I wanted to find a way of assessing our “average” feelings towards individuals by measuring throughout an entire season, rather than just at the end.

Collecting the ratings

There were a few rounds of concerted voting following on from prompts I made over Twitter, but generally I tried to keep things quiet in an attempt to encourage a more “natural” vote, as-and-when people felt the urge. I may have over-thought that side of things, but there seemed to be a risk of the scores being irretrievably sabotaged by mass hysteria if I pushed a rate-athon during weeks when somebody had a shocker.

The full table is below for your perusal. I’m not really here to vouch for the statistical validity of the data. It’s a fair sample, but by no means representative of consensus.

Nonetheless, I have all these numbers, and my mother always told me to share, so they’re here if you’re interested.

Position Name Average rating
1 David McGoldrick 8.88
2 Leon Clarke 8.40
3 Franck Moussa 8.38
4 William Edjenguélé 8.24
5 James Bailey 8.00
6 Blair Adams 7.82
7 Conor Thomas 7.50
8 John Fleck 7.44
9 Cyrus Christie 7.21
10 Adam Barton 7.17
11 Cody McDonald 7.15
12 Carl Baker 7.13
13 Steven Jennings 7.06
14 Joe Murphy 7.05
15 Leon Lobjoit 7.00
16 Callum Ball 6.77
17 Richard Wood 6.64
18 Jordan Clarke 6.53
19 Jordan Willis 6.44
20 Nathan Cameron 6.35
21 Gary McSheffrey 6.31
22 Stephen Elliott 6.14
23 Conor Henderson 6.00
24 Kevin Malaga 5.67
25 Callum Wilson 5.50
26 Chris Hussey 5.31
27 Shaun Jeffers 5.14
28 Chris Dunn 5.10
29 David Bell 5.00
30 Reece Brown 5.00
31 Lee Burge 5.00
32 Josh Ruffels 5.00
33 Will Roberts 5.00
34 Jordan Stewart. 5.00
35 Billy Daniels 4.40
36 Aaron Phillips 4.33
37 Kevin Kilbane 4.17
38 Roy O’Donovan 4.00

The highlights

You’ll be making your own minds up about the scoring, but here are a few highlights:

Needless to say, David McGoldrick stormed it, collecting an average rating of 8.88 out of 10 in the process. The majority of his votes came during December when he was at his outrageous best.

It would appear that a strong start to the campaign was enough to see Billy Edge into an impressive 4th place. Shame the second half performances did little to maintain Pressley’s interest. He’s also a fantastic bloke, so that probably had some (quite a lot of) influence.

Player of the Season Carl Baker plodded home in a confusing 12th, with an average of 7.13. Realistically, this is probably a fair figure given his poor start and the level he often slumped to when he was having an off day. But I still expected a surge of high votes in the second half of the campaign when it became clear the goals and assists were making it a successful season for the captain.

When we dislike a player, we really bloody hate them. This is aptly demonstrated by the unfathomably low scores for such luminaries as Kevin Kilbane, Roy O’Donovan, Reece Brown and poor old injured David Bell. Bell’s score in particular seemingly an example of ratings based on prior experience and perception, rather than anything he actually managed to achieve on the pitch during the year.

I’ll leave you to make your own minds up about the rest. At the very least I hope this provides a little bit of insight into the minds of your fellow Sky Blues Blog readers.

I’ll soon be resetting the figures again in time for the new season, where we can do it all again. Only this time in a slightly more consistent fashion (and with about 13 players to choose from).

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4 comments

  1. Good work – some interesting result. Im looking forward to doing this again next year. Maybe you could collect ratings after every match instead? Then you could collect scores by month, etc.

  2. I feel that Aaron Phillips, Josh Ruffels, Will Roberts and Shaun Jeffers were unlucky to finish so much lower than Leon Lobjoit.

    On the other hand, it could be argued they all did well to get into the table in the first place, given that none made any appearances whatever last season.

    Lobjoit made the bench as an unused sub in a cup game, from memory, so perhaps deserves his higher placing…

    Chuckle chuckle, easy to pick holes etc. Otherwise a very interesting table, thanks for taking the time and effort.

  3. Thanks, there definitely a pinch of salt element about this isn’t there! Especially those players who didn’t make any appearances in the first team.

    I should note – I did just ask people to rate based on their basic understanding or perception. People tended to ignore the young players, unless there was any particular hype about them at the time. I guess Lobjoit arrived with a decent rep, so that probably shows why he’s that bit higher. The rest got very little exposure so I think there’s an element of copy cat behaviour on the go there. Someone sees Ruffels is a 5; so they match that.

    A post-match rating system might be the way to go next year.. only the players who actually play will receive a rating after each match, hopefully eliminating some of the guess work.

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