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Jamtomorrow Posted on 24/11/2019 11:14
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Interesting article on how Chris Wilder changed the way they played in League one which has helped them get promotions, in the Mail do we have the players to do that ?

A disastrous start to his tenure at his boyhood club saw Wilder pick up just one point from his opening four League One matches in August 2016.

It was in the game after that, ironically against his former club Oxford, that everything changed and the way was paved for two promotions in three seasons.

Wilder switched to a back three that day and after winning 2-1, the club embarked on a 15-match unbeaten run. In fact, they would lose just three more matches all season as they cantered to the title, finishing on 100 points.

Without the ball, they pack the centre of the pitch and press hard, forcing the opposition wide and banking on the aerial ability of their three central defenders to deal with any balls into the box.

With the ball, Wilder has innovatively given his wide centre backs licence to burst forward and overlap - only one at a time, mind. The wing backs then push on into traditional winger positions and the midfield hold the fort.
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HateleysHeaderinBrazil Posted on 24/11/2019 12:08

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He was interested in coming here a while back. Wasn't it Richie Barker that we chose over Wilder when he was at Oxford? [rle]
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jimmyjames Posted on 24/11/2019 12:40

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It was. Certainly one of those “what if” moments in the history of Portsmouth FC.
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stayinupforever Posted on 24/11/2019 12:47

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Playing as Harry did in 2002-3. Kenny is made differently. He's not attacking minded or positive.
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City_View Posted on 24/11/2019 13:07

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You also need footballing centre backs to make it work.
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Prozac Posted on 24/11/2019 15:07

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Would've have done it better than sheff utd if Clarke and Jack were at the back with burgess
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Ghost_of_DeepBlue Posted on 24/11/2019 15:40

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Maybe, but Burgess & Clarke weren't at the club then.
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