Mirror Soccer investigates the self-discipline – or lack of it – of golf equipment within the EFL’s three divisions and unearth which participant can’t cease getting his title into the referee’s e book
The mud has settled on the common EFL marketing campaign, with solely the play-off winners left to be resolved.
The Championship, League One and League Two have seen loads of drama over the course of the final 9 months. The top of a marketing campaign brings with it awards season, with strikers up and down the land having their eye on not solely the golden boot gong however divisional participant of the season accolades.
Likewise, goalkeepers choose themselves towards others by who has probably the most clear sheets over the course of a full season. Nonetheless, there’s one particular person desk that no participant desires to complete prime of: the self-discipline standings.
Mirror Soccer has crunched the numbers and seemed on the self-discipline stats over the course of the 46-game season throughout the EFL’s three tiers to see who finishes prime – or ought to that be backside – of the pile.
And on the subject of staff self-discipline, League Two facet Barrow have the undesirable tag of racking up probably the most variety of playing cards out of all 72 sides. The Bluebirds obtained a whopping 113 cautions and no fewer than six purple playing cards.
The following worst-disciplined facet within the EFL is Championship membership Blackburn Rovers, who introduced up 107 yellows and noticed 5 gamers despatched off over the course of the season.
Charlton Athletic are the worst offenders in League One, having obtained 106 bookings to go along with 4 dismissals.
When it comes to groups receiving purple playing cards, Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers obtained a mammoth 9 purple playing cards over the course of the marketing campaign – the best tally within the pyramid.
However what about particular person offenders? Utilizing revered trade web site transfermarkt’s scoring technique of 1 level for a yellow and two for a purple, the stats present Middlesbrough’s Matt Crooks is the recipient of this explicit title. The 28-year-old loved a prolific season in additional methods than one. Not solely did he internet a formidable 11 targets for Boro however he additionally picked up a staggering 16 yellow playing cards and a purple card. That tots as much as 21 factors over the season.
Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder voiced his concern at this explicit facet of Crooks’ recreation earlier this season after he incurred a ban for reaching the brink of 15 cautions. Wilder mentioned: “There are penalties for selecting up 15 yellow playing cards. 15 bookings is ridiculous and he is aware of that.
“There’s being aggressive and sticking your foot in and profitable challenges and headers, I need my gamers to sort out. However in case you choose up 15 bookings then there’s going to be penalties on the finish of it. He misses three huge video games for us, however we’ll take care of it and get on with it. It creates a chance for someone else to return into the staff.”
Crooks pipped two gamers who completed on 19 factors: Birmingham’s Gary Gardner and Bristol Rovers’ Paul Coutts every obtained 9 yellows and two reds by way of the course of the 2021-22 season.
As for the least card-happy facet within the EFL, that honour goes to Rochdale, who picked up simply 52 yellows and never a single purple. Solely three different sides didn’t obtain a dismissal all time period: Barnsley, Huddersfield and Millwall.