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Windom_Earle Posted on 28/06/2020 12:32
I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
 
Controversial, but, as a club Boro's size and with their level of resource, I enjoy being a spoiler and an old fashioned solid and well organised team. I couldn't care less about possession or tippy tappy stuff, I like speedy wingers and a target man. I was the only person on Teesside who was sad to see Pulis go and have enjoyed the defensive soundness that Karanka, Pulis and, hopefully, Warnock bring. We will never have the resources to be able to challenge the bigger clubs by playing football so let's go old school and stuck it the powder puff clubs the only way be can! Football is better enjoyed when can watch it with little danger of the opposition scoring for me. Having a water tight defence is equally as important as a free scoring strike force.
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FrozenHorse Posted on 28/06/2020 13:19

I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
I'm all for classic wing and centre forward play but we saw precious little of that under TP, with the obvious exception.

I hate the idea that if you're not tiky taky you must be long ball: its a crude and ignorant argument.

I also think Tina taka is a fairly unattractive style of play unless you have the best players.
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UKLL1981 Posted on 28/06/2020 14:41
Edited On: 28/06/2020 14:43
I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
The trick is to be solid, organised and disciplined but be able to counter at speed and ruthless in front of goal. I do like the thought of Boro being a team that others hate to play though. We’ve always had good defenders for as long as I can remember, the few exciting attacking players we have had we can’t keep hold of anyway. You have to play to your strengths. For a manager like Woodgate to come in and completely change the style of play from the last few years and suddenly play open attacking football but with the same players is impossible. Karanka was stubbornly efficient, Pulis a entire (brilliant) career of keeping a team safe, the likes of Robson, Monk, Southgate, Woodgate all supposed to be new age, new thinking. McClaren learnt from Fergie and had a huge budget. We’ve never hired a manager that has a proven track record a multiple promotions until now.
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BigmetsBoro86 Posted on 28/06/2020 15:35

I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
I think it's slightly harsh to call Warnock 'anti football'. He's definitely old school in man management and in that sense a dying breed.

I know its only one game but you can see he's more positive than Pulis. The selection of the fullbacks and two up top tells us this.

Cardiff scored the majority of goals from setplays (21). They did have plenty of creativity around the 'units'. He likes to get the ball forward quickly and is a big fan of wingers.

It's clearly not gonna be 'pep' but who is in the champo? It's a tried and tested way that's got teams out of the champo.

Just remember when Monk was sp*nking 50mil+ Warnock was picking up frees and journeymen and building a promotion challanging squad at Cardiff.

Im not sure his 'style' is enough in the prem. It's almost perfect in the EFL and especially as we are now on a budget.
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MBBoro Posted on 28/06/2020 19:30

I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
'I genuinely prefer 'anti-football''

You don't. Honestly, you don't. I've never met you and I can already tell you, you don't.

You know we are in such a terrible mess due to the running of the football club by Gibson, that it is realistically our only option. When I say 'you know', you probably don't know you know, but deep down... You know.

You would prefer is playing chamoagne football with attacking full backs, tricky wingers who cross and score for fun, and get you off the edge of your seat. A striker that can pick the ball up and beat 3 players before putting it in the top corner from 25 yards. Midfielders who actually get forward and attack, imagine that?

Juninho, Ravanelli, Emerson, Branca, Mendieta, JFH, Viduka, would you honestly replace them times with 'anti-football'?
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Windom_Earle Posted on 28/06/2020 19:45

I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
I suppose its relative to where we are. Juno and co are a distant memory and, unless we're bought by a Sheikh, will not happen again. As it is, i am happy to play solid and efficient football that gets results. When I played I loved the defensive side of the game so I'm maybe a bit biased. I hate top level football, the players are all fairies and cheat at every opportunity. With that in mind I'd love to play anti football to stick it up them.
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Thecardcheat Posted on 28/06/2020 23:17

I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
I kind of understand what you mean OP, I generally prefer players who's main qualities are teamwork and work rate. Robbie Mustoe for example
I also don't really think "good football " is quantifiable. I want Boro to be attacking but I don't care if they attack in a direct manner.
If your teams no.9 is through on goal it's no less exciting if it's as a result of only one pass rather than 50.
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Colgates_shaving_foam Posted on 28/06/2020 23:52

I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
I prefer watchin Liverpool to City atm, Liverpool are more 'direct'.

Why play 5 passes when you can get there in 1 or 2?

Ball for Tav's goal yesterday is a perfect example. Or even the ball for Harrsion's goal for Leeds, love watching that, not Leeds scoring of course!
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 29/06/2020 00:01

I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
Its all about the result lets face it. - we live for winning. “Anti football”, whatever that is, is no good if it doesn't bring in the points.
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newyddion Posted on 29/06/2020 02:07

I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
being shyte is anti-football

spending £50m and not getting promoted from the champo was anti football
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Gibsons_Parmo Posted on 29/06/2020 06:55

I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
If you go back and watch things like premier league years or old classic games, it could be argued top teams in the early 00's were 'anti football' personally I prefer the games from those years and the 90s to now.
It's all the same football now and copy cat football too. Every manager and coach trying to be the new Guardiola.
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Rauko Posted on 29/06/2020 07:38

I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
I've never been a fan of the slow build up .. the passing between defenders .. patient .. keep possession type of football. I think that's why I watch less and less football these days - certainly Premier League, as it's becoming more of a thing there. Can't remember the last time I watched MotD.

I wouldn't say I prefer "anti-football" either - whichever way that is defined.

Give me a 442 with wingers with a little and large up front and I'll be happy.
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ipad1977 Posted on 29/06/2020 09:21

I genuinely prefer 'anti-football'
"I'm not sure his 'style' is enough in the prem. It's almost perfect in the EFL and especially as we are now on a budget."

Agree with this.

Warnock is almost a perfect fit for a championship club on a budget, with a decent academy.

As far as the Prem goes, his track record says that you won't finish bottom under him and will be in with a shout of staying up right towards the end, but it will be touch and go at the end of the first season, probably finishing 16th-19th, with your final placing dependant mostly upon luck.
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