Gringo Abroad: Jozy Altidore Doin’ Work

Hull City vs Manchester City

Hull City 2 – Fulham 0

English Premier League Mar-27-2010

Match Summary

Jimmy Bullard’s penalty and Craig Fagan’s header were enough to see home-side Hull City past Fulham and put them one step closer to avoiding relegation. The penalty was awarded in the 16th minute after Jozy Altidore was taken down by Fulham defender Chris Smalling, and though Fulham, playing without first-choice midfielders Danny Murphy and Damien Duff and striker Bobby Zamora, let fly a number of dangerous shots, Hull City’s defense was up to the task. Fagan all but sounded the final whistle himself in the 48th with a lofted header into the far corner. The visitors continued to press but never seriously threatened to even put one on the scoreboard.

American Performance

In lieu of traditional analysis, Fútbol for Gringos elected to track all of Jozy Altidore’s touches.

Blue is positive, yellow neutral, and red negative.  The number represents the minute in which the play occurred.

Hover over the image for descriptions of what Jozy did with the ball.

1st Half

2nd half

What can be gleaned from this information? There are certainly more blue circles than yellow or red, so Jozy did have a productive game.

But very few touches were inside the penalty area, which is where a striker does his best work.  This is not, however, a knock on Jozy.  A striker who constantly drops towards the middle of the field is not getting much help from his midfielders.

In fact, the single occasion Jozy received a ball in the box he earned a penalty.

The Hull City fans certainly noticed Jozy’s contributions – a rousing ovation was his reward when he was subbed off in the 78th.

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