surely the frame is, by definition, outside the area of the mouth of the goal? More the case that the woodwork prevented the shot from missing altogether. It's actually not a "denial", but frequently another opportunity when the ball bounces back into the field of play.
I know the circumstances are somewhat different, but a certain Tommy Smith was seen as being way out of his depth at the start of his first-team career - now look how he's developed. Just because they aren't youths, doesn't mean to say that these new players (new to the Championship and even to the English game) are ready to go straight out of the box.
We really ought to give them longer than a handful of minutes in their first League game (plus a bit of time in the Cup) before writing off their potential.
In their respective Town first team careers, Nouble has scored, on average, once every 505 minutes he has had on the pitch, Taylor once every 1,010 minutes, making Frank exactly twice as effective a striker as Paul.
I've done a massive statistical crunch of all the results in the Championship last season, looking at when teams won games, how much they won them by.
At the end I'll put a table ranking teams by average winning margin - a measure of "excitingness", if you like.
But first, some analysis: Ipswich placed 18th in that table (our average winning margin was 1.56 goals per game). However it's interesting to see who is around us.
Leicester, who finished top, are just 2 places above us (AWM 1.61) and Burnley, taking the second automatic spot, one place above them (AWM 1.62). Play-off winners QPR are two places below us (AWM 1.52). Other play-off contenders Brighton and Wigan are mid-table, only Derby being up towards the top (4th, AWM 1.96).
Those at the top end of the AWM table are such stellar performers as Watford (1st, AWM 2.40), Sheff Weds (2nd AWM 2.15) and near-relegation-fodder Birmingham (3rd AWM 2.00). On the rare occasions they won, they won big.
Which just goes to show that, as long as you win often, big results (exciting football!) are not necessary to achieve promotion.
Last season we scored a reasonable number of goals (especially considering our top striker was injured and didn't play after the middle of February) - placing 13th in a table of goals scored. We also did well in terms of number of wins (joint 8th in the division) and of draws (joint 9th). What we didn't do so often was lose (joint 15th). And when we did, it wasn't all that badly, falling joint 18th on a table of average losing margins (ALM 1.57 goals per game).