While most teams followed the 21st century trend of seeking greater possession of the ball, it seems that Stoke adapted a different strategy. They seemed to seek less of the ball. Anderson and Sally show that for the 3 seasons from 2008-9 to 2010-11 Stoke averaged the lowest amount of possession.
rate. Figure 2 shows that Reading took the dubious honour last season. And, Reading got relegated.
It will be interesting to see if Stoke under Mark Hughes play differently to the way Stoke played under Tony Pulis. There will be plenty of people interested. As an article in this week’s edition of The Economist magazine shows, more and more people are tuning into the numbers game.