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  1. Same guy has done a graph showing all 92 clubs. It's truly astounding.
  2. Cardiff getting another clean sheet at WBA. Took another injury in defence, where Odowda came on and played LB. Apparently excelling again. Cardiff fawning over his performances. Seems Cardiff have a tactic of playing out from the back. And sometimes it gets them in sticky situations. I'm hoping we start with the same front 3 as we did against Luton and press them hard.
  3. I agree Dave...I just hope if the scenario were to happen again, that we didn't automatically go into a defensive mentality and think the best way to defend a lead a man down, is by bringing defenders on and sitting back.
  4. I've not called us out as being different. I haven't compared us to anyone. I asked a simple question to the logic and got an answer. Simple as that. Now I know the reason. I didn't before.
  5. It wasn't so much the formation. It was the personel substituted and how we sat deeper. No way would you leave three up front ..no one is implying that. Hopefully that was all explained in my post
  6. Yes...I've sat there before when I've taken my partner's two kids with me. She hates football. I noticed people without kids...and the empty single seats. Hence why I initially thought you could buy single tickets.
  7. I totally agree with your sentiments Harry. I'm not sure why so many folk think that once you are down to 10 men, you have to retreat, defend and let teams on to you. I bastardised these following words as they sum up how I see it... Pushing players back sounds ideal, but what you’re doing is allowing the opposition to have more possession with time to make good decisions – in effect, handing over control of the game. The more the opposition has the ball, the more chance they have of scoring. Sitting deeper, with the majority of your players stationed in your own half. All this does is allow the opponent to control the tempo (and, possibly, the result). Use the player roles to adjust to the situation instead of moving the entire team to be more defensive. This makes it easier for players to keep concentration and familiarity in the final minutes of the game. Why underestimate the power of your side’s Tactical Familiarity? Imagine having played 70 minutes in your usual system before being asked to fulfil something completely different, it’s a big risk. Trying to keep a balance between attack, midfield and defence so that you don’t isolate individual areas. Keep a solid foundation, make it difficult for the opposition to break you down while still leaving certain dangerous players further up-field. Conway, Wells and Weimann on the counter...instead of a ball holding Martin. This allows the team to counter after winning the ball while giving the opposition something to think about. Keeping a striker or wide player high up the pitch stops opposition full-backs bombing on in attack. Drop two of the strikers into an AM/Support role. When defending they will act like a third central midfielder, but in attack, they becomes the hook, the link to the striker. This means the lone front man doesn’t become isolated in the latter stages of games, he can still offer a substantial threat going forward. First and foremost, you don’t want to be playing long direct balls up to a lone striker, the chances of that ball being headed away are considerably higher than his chances of getting the ball down and scoring. Here are the key pointers Slow the game down - Reduce the tempo and start time wasting. Maintain balance between the roles. Ensure there is a mix of support and defending roles, so your players don’t sit too deep. Look for set-pieces - Tell your team to Play for Set Pieces. This will ruin the rhythm of the opposition while giving you an opportunity to score and seal the gam. Minimise risks... Play shorter passes with a reduced tempo to try and keep the ball in safe areas further up the field. Ask central midfielders to dribble less, make shorter passes and take fewer risks, therefore minimising the chances of losing the ball and making unnecessary mistakes. Just some ideas away from sitting deep and allowing teams to control. PLAY NO
  8. Just trying to work out the logic here M. So kids are with their parents or guardians in this section. And the club are worried about safeguarding from what exactly? They are safe with their parents surely? As an example...you could have some juniors on their own or with mates in another section...surrounded by adults who aren't related! I understand the Club wish to make certain areas family ' friendly'...but as like today...there was two rows filled with one empty seat. A prime seat at the very front. Why not sell individual seats when it's obvious they can't otherwise be filled?
  9. Thanks everyone that replied... appreciated. In response to this reply...The family section is 4, from memory, sections of the ground. Families sit together in other parts of the ground. They don't fill up all of the family sections. So you are left with many single seats every game not filled in the family sections. Do you realise how many individual seats aren't taken up because of the club's rule? Seems mad to not release single seats that are on their own.
  10. I understand your way of thinking...however...this has been like it for years. Under different coaches and playing staff. So the group has changed over the years. In theory the psychology should evolve...its not in the bricks and mortar. There are more ways to defend a lead than sit back and allow a team on to you. If you make an error in your own box, you are more likely to concede. Play normally...you can still dictate play further up the field, playing offensively even with 10 men. Just don't go gung ho, and don't overload the front line. Defending a lead...doesn't have to be sitting back. It just invites trouble.
  11. Thanks for the replies...I didn't realise you HAD to be accompanied by a child. Seems a very odd decision as there are plenty of single seats dotted about, where no one will be able to purchase as they won't be sat with a child.
  12. Trying to purchase one adult ticket online...can't get through to ticketing by phone. In upper Lansdown W7 section. It won't let me purchase. This comes up...what does it mean? For every Junior Price Type, between {@minsubs} and {@maxsubs} Adult Price Type(s) can be selected in this Area.'
  13. Yes I was aware of the stats Dave, however thanks for sharing. Always appreciated. I can imagine others appreciate them too at a glance. For anyone else interested, but not sure how the parameters of how PPDA is calculated, I've copied and pasted Wyscouts explaination. The last sentence is also important in the metric. Passes Allowed Per Defensive Action (PPDA) A metric that can quantify the extent and aggression of high presses employed by teams, both over a season and in any specific match. The goal is define the intensity of a press with the use of numbers, more specifically by using some specific events. and reduce it to one number so that it allows for comparison, analysis and ranking. To measure the pressure that the defending team puts on the opposition players when they are in possession of the ball. The definition of PPDA is: PPDA = Number of Passes made by Attacking Team (oppoenent) / Number of Defensive Actions The PPDA metric is calculated by dividing the number of passes allowed by the defending team by the total number of defensive actions. Where Defensive Actions are: possession-winning duels, tackles, interceptions, fouls Both values (passes made and defensive actions) will be calculated in opponent’s final 60% of the pitch.
  14. I agree...they did go 433 and our possession dropped by approx 5%. And we did have 5 shots in that period up to the sending off. However...imo...in that period we were less affective than we were first half. We weren't 'battering' them with the same intensity as we were first half. Yes...we were trying to be Pro active...but it was done in a less intense manner. That's the point I'm trying to make. I noticed it. Body language was saying we've got a two goal lead...we can relax more. It was evident. We played yes...but with less eagerness and tenacity than we did first half. I'd like to see our first half performances also in the second halves of games.
  15. I gave the reasons to my thinking in my previous posts. As to why being offensive works. Especially when our Achilles heal is letting teams onto us later in games. I wouldn't have subbed Wells, Conway , Scott or Weimann. I would have brought one of our RBs on and dropped Scott deeper. Yes we won...but like your Scenario...if we had conceded two...fans would be questioning why we let them onto us again. I believe in playing to our strengths not weaknesses.
  16. Those two graphs just prove what I witnessed again with my own eyes. We started the second half again on a downward trend, even before the red card. Possession and passes allowed... I know we had a 2 goal cushion...but I remember thinking to myself when the second half resumed ..that our intensity was lower. More passive. I don't know what's said at half time...but we definitely come out second halves differently to how we start games Great win, great performance overall...but the evidence is clear to see in those graphs.
  17. What makes you think the substitutions would have been different against another side. There is no evidence of that! So you think against a more ' competent' side he would have stayed more offensive? Even when we have had 11 on the pitch, we go deep later in games. It's been a fault for seasons. Why invite that scenario again, when we found a formula of pace, movement and angles so affective. Bringing defensive minded players on, to defend...defend. Inviting the team onto you. Keep the ball with movement and angles, pace. We had that. We invited them into our box. You can defend a lead by being offensive and on the front foot and keeping the ball.
  18. I'm with you on your thoughts Harry. I also thought at the time the substitutions were negative. Luton were a poor side with no apparent strengths. Our substitutions sent out a message that we were going to eventually defend...invite them onto us. We know we concede when we do this late in games! Why play to our weakness? Why do that against this team. A poor team. Maybe against another team in different circumstances...but we were constantly causing them problems with our pace, movement and angles. Why not still cause them problems? Game management when down to ten isn't always about protecting a lead. The opposition become more offensive, more open, looking for goals. Therefore space behind happens. Conway, Wells and Weimann would still have caused them nightmares. Imo...we could have kept our shape and energy...gone 351 in defence and 342 in offence. Keeping that energy and pace up front... Why invite them onto you? We played very well yesterday, and saw it out to the end. However like you ..I can see how it could have ended up differently.
  19. This image sums up refereeing standards. Should be made into a meme. They can't see, and more interested in how they look. It's of the fourth official yesterday. How the hell can you take an official seriously...discuss with them...when they are obviously trying to be noticed, vicariously trying to be a 'footballer', rather than a serious official and doing the job for the right reasons. I often get the impression that a good majority of officials these days, don't love refereeing and do the job because they enjoy it. But rather, are failed footballers or fans of football...that have seen refereeing as a way to be part of Professional football, on the pitch with top players, creating an importance in themselves, a persona, a character, where they feel they are also 'stars' of the show. Where they feel they are just as important as the players. A good official should go unnoticed. https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/referee-darren-bond-gestures-as-he-leaves-the-pitch-after-news-photo/1240808707
  20. It resonated with myself...for exactly the reasons you say. I previously used to coach a sport professionally. I loved it, so passionate. Then internal politics took over...how the association changed for the worse. Power struggles and change that made no sense. The passion drained as everything seemed to contradict itself. Like you say...the irritation became the main focus and just wore your passion down. Banging your head against a brick wall, knowing you can't change it. I agree with those views. At a certain age, you can no longer suffer fools gladly.
  21. I find his other two statements more interesting than the standard of officiating. The fact he finds modern football shallow and irritating In further interviews, it would be interesting for a journalist to press him on what parts of the game he finds shallow and irritating. When you start to find parts of your job irritating...you start to lose the passion.
  22. Hull's number 11 sounds like a place rather than a person...Sincere Hall
  23. Whilst I agree Dave...we did this even before the era you mentioned. It's been something I've noticed on a regular basis. Push up, get out...would often be shouted from the stands. Players looking tentatively. The best year of positivity I can remember from both team and support, was the first year up under GJ.
  24. Yes...I agree with your points. This is why at our level, correct recruitment is paramount. Not just in ability, but confidence in one's ability. Add that to good coaching...and a collective confidence and belief builds. If that can be transferred as well to the stands, then even better. It helps if the fan base also has a full understanding of the situation a club, it's manager and players are in. I feel many try to be informed, but there are just as many that literally have no idea, want to know, or even understand. The amount of times I've heard ' why doesn't SL just buy some decent players with all the money he has'...is just ridiculous. They have no idea of the constraints, FFP etc. And I've found these folk are often at games being the most negatively vocal...which then escalates. It's a catch 22...
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