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18 Apr 2018 20:23:30
Just read the plaudits surrounding Martin Margetson's goalkeeping coaching skills.
Can I make a suggestion that will improve Jordan's considerable shot saving skill.
I have noticed an unnatural movement that restricts his reach. Jordan tends to cross arms when going for shots. Difficult to explain but I'll try -when a goal bound effort is to his left, as the goal on Saturday, he tries to reach the ball by crossing his right arm across his chest thus losing between 18"" to 24" of reach as well as taking a split second longer to contort his body and arm and hand.
If fellow bloggers are still confused, try falling to your left and try to break your fall by putting your right hand across and down to break your fall. You'll hit the deck before you can so don't try it!

Fancy Smith

1.) 19 Apr 2018 02:15:05
Just tried it and broke my wrist. Cheers mate.


2.) 19 Apr 2018 08:57:28
Akin to trying to run round the ball in order to get your good (natural) side on it, defenders in particular even at Prem level get caught far to often in possession because of this weakness.


3.) 19 Apr 2018 15:03:17
There was an interview with David Seaman saying that he liked him a lot and was very impressed except for his strong arms, because he reckons he's watched him when he should be turning shots around the posts. But because of his wrist strength, he often deflects back into the box.

He's a young keeper who is brilliant and won't peak for another 5 years. Im glad he's our no1. But he does have a lot of room for improvement.


 

 

03 Mar 2018 16:51:27
Oh dear oh dear, what a complete shambles. Team is devoid of guts, effort and in a lot of cases football basics.
Despite the team selection and how SA sets the set up and shape, the players are supposed to be professionals and should be able, if the coaching staff can't, to see the threats posed by the opposition and adapt team shape to neutralise.
There is absolutely no leaders on our team who can motivate and console a performance from their team mates.
If you analyse today's team selection it shows the coaching staff have no idea and do not learn from the recent matches.
William's is the worst defender in the PL, slow cumbersome and no special awareness. Keane unfortunately is a little better, add to that Martina is light weight with no positional sense, all three go awol at critical times, which means we have one real defender in the back four - a recipe for shipping goals.
The midfield also is far too easily by passed and with the exception of Gana, show little idea of position sense or the desire to bust a gut to protect their position.
SA is not going to or capable of changing so we are in for a very frustrating and squeaky bum time for the rest of the season.
I agree Pickford needs to be more positive in claiming crosses and should have closed down Barnes for the first goal but he made some good saves to keep us in the game.
Also, to play DCL is wasteful and totally ineffective and should have been deployed along side Tosun to offer a real threat to the Burnley cb's.
My team selection and setup for the remaining games would be 4132
Pickford
Coleman Holgate Jagielka Baines
Gana
Rooney Sigurdsson Klassen
Walcott DCL
With Funes-Mori. Davies, Banningme Tosun and Niasse amongst the subs.
Depending on the way the game was going young Beni could fill the holding role and Gana push forward to replace any of the midfielders who were havivg a mare or injured.
Same applies to Tosun or Niasse if DCL is off his game.
But we should definitely be looking for a consistent team selection.

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05 Feb 2018 20:19:09
Sorry Ed. forget Niasse as an impact sub and who you can only admire for his 100% effort always.

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05 Feb 2018 20:08:51
Almost all posters have consistently both identified and covered the cause and reasons behind our dismal displays this season.
So please excuse my post if it duplicates points made by fellow bloggers.
The team selection and tactics are the total responsibility of SA and whilst in his words the performance was pathetic so indeed was his as manager.
If you consider what! s gone before it is fairly obvious Holgate and Keane perform much better when paired with Jags.
At the Emirates the back five and DM were lacking in pace and their positional sense was non existent. At times we had six players to Arsenal's three and they tore us apart!
Too many players are going through the motions and in Sneidalin's case if he thinks pressing is standing two or three yards off the opposing player is good enough he is badly deluded. Gana is left with far too much ground and work to compensate.
All defending players were constantly caught out of position and the galling thing was not one bust a gut to recover his position.
Bolasie has flattered to deceive after a decent performance against Liverpool and should only be used as an impact substitute until he is fully match fit and to replace Walcott instead was a ridiculous decision as was SA reason for so doing.
IMO I feel the players are lacking in fitness and if professional athletes with the latest technology cannot be expected to play two and in some cases one game a week they should read the article on Duncan Edwards in today's Daily Mail which explains during two years of national service he was required to play on Monday and Wenesday before the army would allow him to play for Man United on Saturday and he was 18 years old at the time and already represented England!
Says it all about our cosseted 'stars'.
The squad is lacking in the basics and that is down to both coaching and professional attitude. i have previously posted on the need to understand that football is about movement off the ball both in offensive and defensive situations and those sentiments applied at the time to improve Ross Barlkley's Impact which Conte has picked up immediately at Chelsea.
As we are stuck with the present squad until the summer my message to SA is:
Focus on improving the fitness.
Instill the basics into the squad with the focus on movement, positioning and passing accuracy.
Pick a settled team with Jags central to the defence along side Holgate.
Give Tosan a run of six games to see if he can cut it in the Premiership - we didn't give Sandro, Klassen and Lookman a fair crack of the whip and have done no favours to Siggy playing him out of position.
I would go with:
Pickford
Coleman
Holgate
Jaggs
Mangala
Gana Banningme
Davies/ Rooney Sigudsson
Walcott Tosan

With DCL, Vlasic, Kenny, Bolassie as impact substitutes.

Fancy Smith

1.) 05 Feb 2018 22:19:26
Pickford
Coleman Holgate keane jagielka
Geuye Rooney
Walcott Sigurdson Calvert-lewin
Tosun.


2.) 06 Feb 2018 01:05:19
Should have a bit more of a chance with 12 starters. mate school boy error. Not sure how you've done that but it's 11 allowed on the pitch at any one time.


3.) 06 Feb 2018 02:30:33
Myteansbetterthanyours: he clearly wrote Davies and Rooney with an oblique (a slash) between them so they’re alternatives. Schoolboy error not reading the punctuation. ;-)


4.) 06 Feb 2018 08:45:16
bloody heck have I just seen someone put jagielka left back.


 

 

31 Jan 2018 19:42:58
Letting Lookman go out on loan is. A big mistake.
Don't really understand the thinking behind team selections and the effect it has on the players, it's like musical chairs.
It's not the supporters who need a reality check!,

Fancy Smith

{Ed025's Note - im with you fancy..


1.) 31 Jan 2018 19:52:32
Makes things happen that kid, not a boring footballer hence why SA doesn't fancy him . Sad times for us.


2.) 31 Jan 2018 20:08:07
Sam literally said a couple of days ago Rooney and Sigs can't play together, yet he's gone and picked both. He said Lookman wouldn't go out on loan, but now poof! - he's magically transported to Leipzig where he's sure to get all the valuable PL experience Sam said he needs. Maybe things come in threes. So what's next? I think we've been downgraded from mushrooms to the shovel with the sh! t that feeds them in the dark.


 

 

 

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18 May 2016 19:16:02
You would have to fight me for the driving seat Sven.

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07 Mar 2016 19:24:59
Michy every time - Should have signed him for c£5m before he went to Marseille.

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29 Feb 2016 21:31:10
Thanks Ed, I wasn't advocating selling Rom, merely pointing out how he could fully realise his potential. Incidentally Vardy has scored 19 goals with Rom and Kane second on 16.

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29 Feb 2016 19:40:14
Statistics can't be argued about and Rom being second only to Varley in the Premeirship is a fact but he is nowhere near the finished product or as good as he thinks he is.
Recently, there was a two page spread in the Daily Telegraph in which he exposed how good he was and how hard he practices being the last off the training facility each day. He also claimed he didn't need to attend video analysis of the previous game because he had already reviewed a replay of his performance. He then went on to explain in detail what he practises and surprising what was missing was the obvious weaknesses in his game specifically, first touch control and heading.
Also, his movement in and around the box needs to improve to allow team mates, most notably Ross space to drive into. All too often he demands the ball with two or three defenders around him and with his erratic first touch can only play the ball immediately back. McCarthy was the first team mate I've seen having a go at him during the Bournemouth game.
Of course every poster is entitled to their view and opinion but if we look back to the glory days of the 80's, we won the league decided to replace Andy Gray with Gary Liniker, changed our game to suit him and he scored 40 goals, unfortunately we won nothing. Gary, after one season, was off to Barcelona and guess what we won the league again the following season.
Is there a moral there?
Rom has the potential and physique to be a complete striker but he is not there yet.

Fancy Smith

{Ed025's Note - i think you will find that in the league scoring charts that rom is No1 and vardy No2 fancy, i really rate him mate and think he will get even better, i would not swap him for vardy or kane myself and think that aguero is the only one i would swap him for in the prem, but as you say its all about opinions..


 

 

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23 Aug 2015 21:34:39
Imo guys the two players who were totally ineffective against City were McCarthy and Barkley.
McCarthy was responsible for both goals, losing possession for the first, although Howard should have saved at his near post from Kolorov on the bye line, and ball watching instead of tracking Nasri's run into the area for the second. He is like a headless chicken and wastes so much energy chasing lost causes.
Barkley is almost a luxury and doesn't work hard enough against a team of city's ability where you need every one to put in a shift.
I would have moved Cleverley to replace McCarthy and brought on Mirallas to add pace and skill wide right.
Also, from a tactical viewpoint Besic should have been included ,probably in place of Barkley to man mark Silva.

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04 Apr 2018 20:38:48
Me too Smithy, if I was SA I'd contact our away team coach company and ask them to park the coach in front of our goal on Saturday., probably the best tactics he could muster😂😂😂.

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02 Apr 2017 16:06:32
Rushpalmer, I appreciate everyone is entitled to their opinion and no I don't need to restate what the Sky pundits have to say, in fact there are very few so called ex pro experts I would even consider listening to.
My opinion was formed within the first 15 minutes of play and was based on how Liverpool set up and their tactics.
If you analyse their style which is a high tempo pressing game with a back four and a midfield of five skilled players, who are comfortable on the ball, and a player slightly more advanced.
This ensures they control midfield possession but critically they attack en masse creating a wave of pressure that two opposition midfield players and a back three will never be able to cope.
That's exactly what happened yesterday and why the coaching team should have rung the changes to negate.
In defence of Barkley, Gana and Davies it's difficult to play if you have two or three players snapping at you as soon as you receive the ball. On the other hand if you allow players of the calibe of Coutinho, Mane, Can, Firmino and Wijnaldum space and time they will hurt you.
RK needed to match the numbers in midfield and require all the players to put in a shift and try and hit them on the break when they became frustrated.
If you consider the one on one confrontations, Baines and Holgate won their individual battle with Clyne and Milner just a pity, through poor tactic, they were the exceptions.

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31 Dec 2016 12:05:21
Degsy I am in full agreement with your post. Analysing the last three games highlights the real issues.
Against Liverpool Baines tracked Sturridge across our 18 yard line without making a tackle and allowing Sturridge a shot which resulted in the goal. In last nights game he tracked Snodgrass diagonally from just inside our half for 25 yards and then decided to grab his shoulder just outside our area conceding a needless free kick, which again resulted in a goal.
Too many senior players concede too many silly free kicks in dangerous areas due to lack of pace and poor positioning. Contrast that with young Davies who seeing the team caught on the break and a dangerous attack developing grabs Snodgrass, the difference being the youngster saw the situation developing early and committed the foul on the halfway line nullifying the danger.
Ronald, without doubt, would have warned the players of the danger in giving away silly fouls in goal threatening areas because of Snodgrass's prowess at dead ball situations.
Rest assured he will be as frustrated as the supporters by experienced international footballers who are unable to follow instructions and do the basics.

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08 Dec 2016 20:13:55
It's absolutely vital, especially when you are a lone striker, to work the oppositions defence. That means running across and behind the back four creating space for the attackers to exploit.
RL is mostly static demanding the ball at his feet with two or three defenders around him, with his lack of control with first touch more often than not we surrender possession.
Fortunately, I have been privileged to see some great strikers in the blue shirt but RL, despite what he thinks, doesn't cut the mustard.

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25 Nov 2016 20:11:05
Sid
I believe we will still require the transfer revenue from youngsters making the grade as our new major shareholder is a businessman and shouldn't be regarded as a fairy godmother.
If he removes our debt and funds a new stadium as well as providing funds for the transfer kitty, eventually he will want at the very least to be repaid.
Whilst I appreciate television money has enabled the Football League to pay huge amounts of money to clubs, it will take a substantial amount to finance the club's projected aspirations.
I acknowledge it costs to run the youth and academies, but I'm fairly certain it has proved financially cost effective. Therefore, we will very much need the next 'Rooney' to either meet the first teams squad needs or to generate the funds, we have achieved through past sales of youth players, to help the financial cause.

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