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Pedalo_menders Posted on 23/01/2020 17:03
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There’s an article in the news today (Thursday) about Kenny staying that he’s not deliberately trying to sit back in games once ahead.

The trouble is, he spends the rest of the article talking about soaking up pressure and hitting the other team on the break!

In summary: We’re not sitting back, we’re just waiting to hit them on the break.

Very confusing.

He also mentions the Coventry game but fails to address going 5 at the back. I can’t help but feel my (albeit limited) intelligence is being insulted with this article.

Can someone explain to me the difference?
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Ghost_of_DeepBlue Posted on 23/01/2020 17:20

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The 5 at the back against Coventry was an attempt to go 352 - a standard tactic when playing depleted opposition. Trouble was either no-one told the full-backs or Coventry were clever enough to flood the flanks and force them back. Whatever we ended up playing far too deep.
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muschi Posted on 23/01/2020 17:22

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In theory hitting on the break once ahead is the perfect tactic.

However it requires players capable of exploiting the spaces left by the opposition as they throw men forward, The key being our central midfield getting the ball and using it with intelligence.

That is where the theory starts to collapse.
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Bluetag Posted on 23/01/2020 17:45

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Whatever way or whatever formation that Jackett tries to explain the Coventry debacle on , there was only one description that really fits, monumental fvckup by a clueless gimp.
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exgaffer Posted on 23/01/2020 18:11

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‘Whatever we ended up playing too deep’ 😁.

We ALWAYS end up playing too deep ffs.

If the tactic is always to hit teams in the break, that means you plan to play too deep.

Hit teams in the break from what ffs? Defence obviously.

Defence is the primary plan and it’s as boring as feck.
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cunninglinguist Posted on 23/01/2020 20:59

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It's one of those rare occasions, Gaff!
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Ghost_of_DeepBlue Posted on 23/01/2020 22:01

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I'd be quite happy watching a team that sat deep after taking the lead and hit teams on the break as long as they do it properly. Trouble is that since Jamal Lowe left our ability to do that effectively has been severely blunted. In fact I'm struggling to remember any goals this season that could be described as 'on the break'.
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motowner Posted on 23/01/2020 22:36

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How can you hit teams on the break when you always have all 10 outfield players back in your own penalty area defending free kicks and corners.

I recently watched a Conference match where one team left two really speedy players on the half way line, the opposition had to have 3 players back marking them and they still caused havoc every time they broke.

Not saying we have to do that but mix it up 0,1,2 or even 3 left upfield would really confuse the opposition.
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pompeysoulboy Posted on 23/01/2020 22:47

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How about Raggetts interception break up field ,forward pass to Cannon who breaks to the edge of the box out to the right where Harness sweeps it in.
Now that was on the break.
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muschi Posted on 23/01/2020 23:05

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Soul boy - current rule is that there can be no praise for Raggett.
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Ghost_of_DeepBlue Posted on 23/01/2020 23:53

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Yep ... I'll give you that one. It was a goal scored on the break but we were not sitting back defending a lead at the time.
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portchyblu Posted on 25/01/2020 08:10

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Surely to be able to counter attack you need to win the ball back off the opposition. We stand off teams and let them play, we don’t try and close the ball and allow crosses into our box.
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