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November 20, 2017, 10:34:26 PM
Reply #15


It would be nice to see some improvement week-to-week. It's fair enough to say that the board have undermined him by keeping his position temporary, and we all know how awkward the squad is, but that doesn't explain away the problems we're having.

For example, and this is a big one... the space between the midfield and defense. In every Premier League match under Unsworth, we've gotten torched by the opposition working the ball into that area. Gray and Loftus-Cheek killed us drifting inside off of the right flank, and Watford had a rotating cast of players dropping into that space, with multiple players making runs off the ball in support. Or, in other words, everybody we've played recently has worked out where they can hurt us and we've done nothing to stop it.

I would really like to see Unsworth revisit the 4-3-3 from the Chelsea match:

GK: Pickford
RB: Kenny
CB: Jagielka
CB: Keane/Williams (who cares at this point?)
LB: Baines
DM: Baningime (should be Schneiderlin but who knows what's wrong with him right now)
CM: Gana/Klaassen/Sigurdsson (no clue what to do with this position)
CM: Davies (we're always better with him on the pitch, even when he's not fully at it)
RAM: Lennon
CF: Rooney (drifts side to side, helps us keep the ball and work overloads on the flanks)
LAM: Sandro/Vlasic (no more Mirallas, Lookman is a luxury for when we actually have the ball)

Baningime patrols the space in which opponents are currently destroying us, Rooney helps us keep the ball. If we have any kind of foothold in the match, we can sub Niasse or Calvert-Lewin on for a midfielder, with Rooney dropping deeper. Or if we really need to hoof, we can sub off Rooney and a midfielder for Niasse + Calvert-Lewin.

November 22, 2017, 05:50:09 AM
Reply #16


November 24, 2017, 06:06:42 AM
Reply #17


Exactly, I said this at the time.

Lookman, Vlasic, and DCL absolutely, but not an 18 year-old CB coming on for his debut at RB against a useful side that already had their tails up.

It was even worse. He switched to a back three and moved Davies out to wing back.

Thatís a back three, comprised of defenders who donít pass well, with one of our few midfielders with an eye for a through ball moving outside.

For a team that struggles badly at passing the ball.