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20 minutes ago, McRightSide said:

I wish I could find my post where I told you (from my experience of playing football in Germany for a number of years) to expect lots of  crossfield passes

 

It probably went over the top and out for a throw in.

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Long ball, long pass who cares, if we can use it as effectively as we did under Wilko in 83/84 we are in for a stupendous season and some very exciting games.

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8 hours ago, Suzuki_San said:

Ahem...

 

Incidentally, long balls are anything over 20 yards, not including corners, goal kicks or free kicks.  

 

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According to our overall stats that means one in five is ‘long’ and our accuracy stats are decent too. Crossing accuracy not so good but hopefully this improves! 77CD4B11-B9C1-4A86-9F2A-E6F5B613FD6D.thumb.jpeg.953c7f1063fad8ea7a8ae1f760aa0d24.jpeg

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7 hours ago, Costello 77 said:

We need to bust it more often than not IMHO.

 

My team-talk yesterday to my U12s - “This season we will work on being more comfortable on the ball. Don’t hoof it under pressure. Look up, take your time, roll it to a colleague.”

 

Two minutes in, our full-back under pressure, big shout from another 12 year old “Get rid!”.

 

They hang on my every word.

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Our defense, especially in a back four without the likes of van Aken and Hutch playing there, aren't technically good enough for a short passing game. Add on Bannan who likes the Hollywood ball, and it's no wonder we're playing a more direct game. Coupled with the lack of physicality and height generally in the squad, and our best option for adopting a style is to play a direct game, getting the ball into the opposition half, then having those quick one and two-touch interchanges with people like Bannan etc. pulling the strings.

 

I think we've started to see that in spells and hopefully will continue to do so as we get the players better coached. 

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I don't trust these sort of stats.

 

I've twice seen teams who've statistically had one shot at goal and yet scored twice.  Even if it's an own goal, it's still a shot at goal.

 

And as for possession, when does a long pass that goes to the opposites, change from one team to another's possession.

 

The only stats that counts are goals.

 

And I have an O'Level in statistics from 1970, so there.  (cocking a snoot).

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17 hours ago, areNOTwhatTHEYseem said:

What the stats fail to tell us is how many of those are aimless hoofs and how many are long passes.

 

With Bannan pinging the ball all over the place, I tend to think a decent chunk of ours fall into the latter category.

Hmm, I remember someone using stats as a form of fact to how our players were performing.

lol

 

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1 hour ago, daleblue said:

Hmm, I remember someone using stats as a form of fact to how our players were performing.

lol

 

 

Stats / facts can help illuminate a discussion, but on their own they're often too blunt an instrument.

 

I'd only ever use them to add weight to my own subjective opinions, of course.

 

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