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Lee Strafford

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Lee Strafford last won the day on May 27 2016

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About Lee Strafford

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  • Birthday 26/03/72

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    Stuck between hope and nervousness......leaning towards hope!

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  1. Tactical Question

    Its an attempt to get the opposition to press, most don't because they know we are are very good on the ball. It really isn't a problem when one midfielder does it as the fullbacks push forward, it's a problem when more than one midfielder does it and we then have no options between the lines forcing our forwards to drop back too far....
  2. The high pressing game is dictated by Carlos instructing the midfield to push up leaving only one midfielder to drop back at any one time, I think your referring to when we have two up front being told to close down the spaces for short passes for the opposition back four and our midfield has been instructed to be 'compact'. The players do have the fitness, the reality is no player in fullback or transitioning midfield can play 50 odd games of high pressing football in a season (because of the intensity of the press and the need to sprint back when the press fails) hence rotation of fullbacks and midfielders is needed (which was why Carlos used to talk about needing two players for every position). We have dominated opposition when we have setup to press high, we have had too much non impactful possession when we have encouraged too many midfielders to drop onto our back four.....Carlos saw this from the director box versus Forest and instructed the midfield to push up in the second half........
  3. Team for Sunday

    Wildsmith (if Westwood not recovered) Hunt Lees Van Aken Reach Butterfield Lee. Bannan Hooper Rhodes Joao High pressing game with high defensive line, only one midfielder allowed to drop deep for the ball when we are in possession, all three midfielders can cycle positions....
  4. I only put the vote in place, for the record I voted against as I have a deep rooted dislike for the band (not the people but the noise) due to spending too much time in my youth on footy manager games and their drone being on those games.................a large majority of voting Wednesdayites brought the band back......
  5. I would ask Howard for his view, Howard would tell me to tell the manager to be positive and that he had our full support, I would agree to do that and take the opportunity to remind Howard that I wanted him to be Chairman from the outset so that the manager could be properly supported by a football person, and also so that I could better protect my health. Howard would remind me that he couldn't be chairman because of potential conflict of interest with his League Managers Association chairmanship and he could only be an advisor.......so having been given my direction from the expert I would encourage the manager to be positive in their approach and affirm that they had our full support :)
  6. For me our best rewards over the last few seasons have come when we have positioned most of our midfield higher up the pitch and encouraged our fullbacks to overlap as we develop advantage. We had to be brave with a high defensive line, and we have then played high intensity football looking to win 3-2 in every game. This meant we needed 4 quick fullbacks and more than two box to box midfielders as the physical demands this approach takes over a season are huge. When we have had 2 midfielders dropping into defence to support playing patiently out from the back it has not consistently worked for us, the irony being both goals we scored last Sunday were built from this latter strategy, and they were both great goals, as the opposition has loads of time to get set. Carlos and team have given us both approaches. The first approach won the playoffs against Brighton and enabled us to beat Arsenal. The second approach wasted our opportunity at Wembley and in the playoffs last season. For me the second approach only really suits Bannan, Wallace, Hooper and Fletcher (who we are playing off of in this system), but the first approach suits all our players other than Fletcher (who looks like he can do this for one game per week) . I hope Carlos goes back to the high press from the kickoff on Sunday.....
  7. Liam Palmer

    Liam is a great kid with a fantastic attitude, great engine, strong in the tackle and a good football brain. He is s box2box centre midfielder and it's a testament to his talent that he has been able to fill in so well at right back.....
  8. Correct, staff are not empowered on the back of agreed plans and budgets, every decision outside of coaching the players is taken to the Chairman.
  9. [Pete & Dud mode on] (P) Sheffield Council stop pulling up trees ~~~~~~~~ (D) SWFC 1st team start pulling up trees (P) Proportional representation adopted in the UK ~~~~~~~~ (D) Colin West is forgiven for that penalty (P) Private funding of political campaigns made illegal in the UK ~~~~~~ (D) Neil stops borking the OT servers (P) 1m administrative and (mis)management public sector jobs eliminated and savings plowed into frontline services (teachers / carers / nurses doctors etc) ~~~~~~ (D) The 2018/19 EPL home (blue & white stripes with black sorts), away (white and blue stripes with black shorts) and fan designed 3Rd kits (black shorts, black tops, blue and white striped socks with a black lower 3rd) are all released in time for the Norwich game in May (aka the automatic promotion party) (P) Universal basic income rolled out ~~~~~~~ (D) 3-0 becomes known as the new nightmare lead (P) Preservatives and GMOs banned from food production ~~~~~~~ (D) Wednesdayites en-masse are diagnosed with fallen giant depression and are referred to a happy place for happiness reprogramming (P) Putin gets Trump elected for a second term ~~~~~~~ (D) Neil stops using fake news to drive OT engagement (P) Fossil fuel use eliminated ~~~~~~~ (D) Safe standing is introduced in English stadiums (P) Cancer cured ~~~~~~~~ (D) After 5 seasons in the EPL (and 20 years after he signed) in 2023 the 'Beswetherick Institute' is launched reminding all Wednesdayites of the need to humble and pragmatic as well as ambitioua regarding expectations of and the standing of our club (By Wisdom & Courage People..... BY Wisdom and Courage) (P) Dementia cured ~~~~~~~~ (D) Meggo cult members will give up awaiting his return (P) Volunteering and community working becomes the primary activity of adults ~~~~~~~ (D) Neil officially shutters the King Kev for Wednesday manager movement (which was just him and his 2K OT aliases anyway) [Pete & Dud mode off] Chansiri never claimed to be a saint nor that he wouldn't make mistakes. Personally I'm really uncomfortable with seeing that staff are not empowered through budgets and agreed plans to go about their day jobs (and then fired if they don't deliver), as this approach is not sustainable, and crucially does not create good morale (which is key in a successful professional sports club) - but - he has a right to run things how he wants as he has invested both financially (and has done more so than everyone else in our 150 year history combined) and also emotionally,
  10. starting lx

    Westwood Hunt Lees Aken Reach Jones Lee Bannan Forestieri Hooper Rhodes
  11. Box Prices Revealed

    Fair play work-around......
  12. Wolfmanjack

    Love to his friends and family. RIP WMJ
  13. Westwood Palmer Lees Hutch Pudil Jones Lee Bannan Reach Fletcher Fessi Key point is we must be brave and not allow too many midfielders to drop into back four to bring the ball out.