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jb you ask: "Can anything be done to reverse the trend".
I honestly don't see any trend at the moment. For me, a trend requires at least 2 consecutive data points in the same direction.
Here is a graph of the ALeague crowds (Home & Away) over our 10 year journey; albeit with 6 matches to play this season.
Yes, there was a significant down trend (i.e. 3 consecutive seasons of negative growth from 2007/08 to 2010/11) when FFA lost focus on A-League and focused too heavily on the 2022 WC bid, including ridiculous decisions to start teams in Townsville and Gold Coast purely because the WC2022 bid required such geographical reach.
If we have 2 more consecutive years of falling attendances, I'll be the first to agree with your "reverse the trend".
But, right now the data does not validate any 'trend' that needs reversal. If anything, there has been a strong UP TREND since we bottomed out in 2010/11; with a levelling out this season. Such levelling is very common in trends.
The next few data points (seasons) are critical. Do we push up towards the 15k level; or will there be further retracement back down towards the 10k level.
I always appreciate you football analysis. As far as I observe, MV only has "a few problems in the finishing department" when the opposition show little attacking intent and are happy to allow MV possession in the attacking half which will be over-crowded with 11 opposition players.
Mulvey's Brisbane did this at Etihad Stadium early in the season and MV found it hard to break through. As you'd recall, Mulvey was sacked a few days later.
Since the Asian Cup break, MVFC has played 12 matches. We've scored 2 or more goals on 9 of these occasions.
Prior to the match against Jets last week it was reported MV has the 3rd LOWEST number of shots on goal this season (only CCM & NEW have had fewer shots) but MV had the highest goal conversion rate 22%. So, we may not have many shots ... but when we do, we make it count.
Currently, MVFC has:
> scored the most goals
> conceded the fewest goals
> highest goal difference
> won the most games (equal with NIX)
> lost the fewest games
and, most importantly
sits No.1 on the A-League table with one match to play.
If MVFC wins the final match at home against CCM next Sunday, we end with 53 points and at least +24 goal difference.
Last season Brisbane managed 52 points and +18 goal difference when they won the Premiership.
And, as everyone knows, this season has been far more competitive. Only 8 days ago, the 5 top teams were separated by 1 point.
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