Tactics today when it was 1-0

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Re: Tactics today when it was 1-0

Postby Jammie Dodger » Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:07 pm

Superman did look lost today. I thought we would have set up like we did against Barca, but Stevie looked like he'd been told not to cross the halfway line.

At the end of the day we were playing Arsenal who are probably the best footballing team in the country. They at some point are going to gain the upper hand and it's how you deal with that. We went and scored against the run of play and dominated for the next ten minutes, scoring another couple.

I did think Leslie was a little slow in subbing Ireland though.
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Re: Tactics today when it was 1-0

Postby Douglas Higginbottom » Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:09 pm

Jammie Dodger wrote:Superman did look lost today. I thought we would have set up like we did against Barca, but Stevie looked like he'd been told not to cross the halfway line.

At the end of the day we were playing Arsenal who are probably the best footballing team in the country. They at some point are going to gain the upper hand and it's how you deal with that. We went and scored against the run of play and dominated for the next ten minutes, scoring another couple.

I did think Leslie was a little slow in subbing Ireland though.

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Re: Tactics today when it was 1-0

Postby Jammie Dodger » Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:12 pm

Douglas Higginbottom wrote:
Jammie Dodger wrote:Superman did look lost today. I thought we would have set up like we did against Barca, but Stevie looked like he'd been told not to cross the halfway line.

At the end of the day we were playing Arsenal who are probably the best footballing team in the country. They at some point are going to gain the upper hand and it's how you deal with that. We went and scored against the run of play and dominated for the next ten minutes, scoring another couple.

I did think Leslie was a little slow in subbing Ireland though.

lol can't do right for doing wrong.



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Re: Tactics today when it was 1-0

Postby Grob » Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:20 pm

lets all have a disco wrote:
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Patrick wrote:On a day when theres too much to celebrate my greatest concern is the value of Lescott


We'll revisit in 20 to 30 games time, like i have done with De Jong today.

First impressions are lasting though


Lescott was top today,i dont care what anyone says.

Well worth the small change in the Sheikhs pocket.


Agreed, Lescott was fine today.
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Re: Tactics today when it was 1-0

Postby Redna » Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:23 pm

The tactics was all dodgy but in some way quiet unpredictible. IOW I´m sort off pissed.
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Re: Tactics today when it was 1-0

Postby Twobob » Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:28 pm

shawzy wrote:Not goin to bitch about todays play.The Arse are a settled squad and Wenger and his players deserve respect.The way they play is a joy to watch at times.I expected for us to be under the cosh at times.
Im so dam impressed the way City came back at them at 1-1.
TBH i was fookin bemused at Hughes bringin Petrov on for Superman but it didnt weaken us and we trashed the fookers in that 10 min 2nd half spell.
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Think we needed to do, Stevie was struggling today (was noticable that he wasnt getting stuck in as usual) and we still needed the steel in the centre so I'd have been more surprised if we had subbed anyone else to be fair.

Instead of weekening us it strenthened us because bellers when up front with Ade and caused all kinds of hell :-)

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Re: Tactics today when it was 1-0

Postby DoomMerchant » Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:00 pm

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Slim wrote:He is very good in the air, made a horrific decision to dive in against RVP but it was a quality finish as well and on another day that shot goes wide or is saved. I thought we were buying an end to these silly mistakes and that obviously is something that needs time to play out. My big concern with him is his penchant for lumping it upfield. That plays against everything we excel at and 99/100 hands the ball back to the opposition and gives them another go.


that's a myth. I thought he was good today - great challenge to initiate the bellamy goal as well - but he's not as dominant in the air as you'd hope for a man that size. He jumps early i reckon. That said, an encouraging if not flawless display.

In terms of aerial defence though - how fucking good is Adebayor on that near post (set pieces)... we were keeping count and I think he cleared about 5 in a row at one point.


Adebayor was a defensive monster today. And the play where he cleared off the line after just scoring was fantastic. De Jong was very good today i thought, albeit at the expense of Ireland it seemed. I was hoping for Weiss to come on at the start of the 2nd half to try and open Clichy up, because SWP wasn't up to that, clearly, as he proved many many times. But, as even Piccs would agree, it seemed Petrov turned the game around after he came on, if only by his mere presence. :)

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Re: Tactics today when it was 1-0

Postby Piccsnumberoneblue » Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:53 pm

You pesky doom monger. Yes, the game did change with the introduction of Petrov, but more because it realeased Bellers. Maybe just the mere presence of the tour de force that is Rigsby frightened Arse into panic though?

I too thought we showed them too much respect from the off. When we attacked them in that spell we ripped them to shreads. Anyway it does seem a tad churlish to complain today afyer such a fabbo effort and great result.
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Re: Tactics today when it was 1-0

Postby dazby » Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:03 am

Slim wrote:He is very good in the air, made a horrific decision to dive in against RVP but it was a quality finish as well and on another day that shot goes wide or is saved. I thought we were buying an end to these silly mistakes and that obviously is something that needs time to play out. My big concern with him is his penchant for lumping it upfield. That plays against everything we excel at and 99/100 hands the ball back to the opposition and gives them another go.


Totally with you on this Slimbo. It's like he's still with Everton.

I was glad Leslie made an attacking sub by bringing Petrov on. It did mean that Miami couldn't come on at the end though as we needed to stay strong defensively. I'd rather Sweep on the field at the end than young Vlad.
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Re: Tactics today when it was 1-0

Postby dazby » Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:15 am

Oh, and another thing. BT, I think the introduction of Rosicky changed the game. Leslie sat back on this and let them get on top. Petrov wasn't brought on til much later in the game.
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Re: Tactics today when it was 1-0

Postby sweenyuk » Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:26 am

I think Hughes set out to keep the 1005 defensive record and try and nick a goal on the break. We did this with Micah and sat back expecting to hold a side as good as arse for the rest of the game. I was elated when we scored the first and completley deflated when we conceded and expected to get beaten. The sub to bring on Petrov was 100% the correct decision and great that despite all the critics of his style on here that he got such a great ovation when he came on. We then went for the jugular and ripped arse appart. 2-1 was not enough, we had seen that at 1-0, 4-1 would have been brilliant, but we kept going and could have ended with more, we conceded another, but who cares. Lets hope Hughes learns from this and goes for a more attacking gameplan against all teams. We will need to good goal difference to stay ahaed in this league
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