Posted this on the fred, but it's probably a topic of it's own.
"I think our defensive problems stem from our lack of control in midfield. We're not dominating possession, teams often run right through our midfield like drugged-up streakers, and if we bought Moore, Maldini, McGrath and Cafú they'd be under pressure too."
What I wouldn't give for a controlling midfield player. Anyone seen Faurlin recently?
An odd game. Six goals, eight bookings, but strangely bloodless.
We are hugely creative. Eze, Chair, Wells and Manning destroyed Blackburn in the first half. The back four had an easy day, but we still conceded two. The first a needless penalty, the second a combination of standing off Dack, standing off Bennett and then not picking up Armstrong. I think we play too narrow at the back, personally. Combine this with our lack of height at set pieces and a goalie as short as Kenny and Roberts were when they got fivers off their parents for their Holy Communion and you begin to wonder where the elusive clean sheet will come from.
Still, 4-2 against a team that’s as welcome as a taxman with bad breath and it’s a good day.
I thought that Chair had a fine first half, as did Eze, Manning and Wells. I’m not sure anyone overly shone in a second half that seemed to feature no midfielders whatsoever. I love control. We all have our fetishes, mine is control. Today, we had none. Nor did they. Whether in a first half dominated by Eze, Manning, Wells and Chair playing on a pool table that sloped badly towards the Ellerslie or a second half where most players played as if they had flowers in their hair, there was no control whatsoever.
We scored four, they scored two, we were denied a penalty, they did an autopsy on us for a goal that was thankfully disallowed. Take that, take this, he said, she said, potayto, potato, tomayto, tomato, let’s call the whole thing off.
4-2. Lovely football. Can’t pick my man of the match.
Even for a control freak like me, this is gorgeous.
Problem - chosen tactics demand a high line and BFG's pace isn't suited to that. Possible Solution 1 - sell BFG Possible Solution 2 - play him anyway and get slaughtered with the over-the-top ball Possible Solution 3 - play him but drop the line, and all other lines and reduce the attacking ability of Eze, Chair, Wells and Hugill.
Actual Solution - keep BFG, play him, place a centre-back either side of him so the over-the-top ball won't get us, and push our lines up regardless, wing-backs can add to Eze, Chair, Wells and Hugill.
Idea from another thread for a Summer LFW Thread...
Not stuff you hate, stuff you just never had the love for, understood, saw the big commotion about...
Me? Never got The Clash. Ya, I can see the talent. Ya, I can see the coolness. Ya, I know there's a Rangers connection...but...I just don't GET them the way loads of you do. It's like I'm missing a gene!
And also, I never got Ice Cream. Tried it again yesterday. Don't see the fuss.