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Interesting analysis, I thought we must have been playing a 4231 on Sat given the line-up but hard to tell when you're relying on TV cameras so good to see confirmation from an astute watcher of the game.
I wonder whether Wheeler is now being positioned for a semi permanent switch to central attacking midfield, with Freeman able to deputise when required (and if we can get an Eze-style loanee, all the better). It's a pretty potent three of Fred, Wheeler, Horgan and I can't see Wheeler making it onto the wings unless there's an injury - but as Tom highlights, his intelligent flick-ons could prove crucial to setting our lone striker free.
As for defending a corner against a team playing an 'adapted bus stop' formation, I would have thought having a man on the line would be more important, not less. If we didn't know which of six players the ball could go to, all running in from the D in a fanning-out line, surely the sensible thing would be to accept they're likely to get the ball and play a safety first defence with a deep back line and a player on the goal line?
surely the sensible thing would be to accept they're likely to get the ball
This doesn't seem at all sensible to me.
It wouldn't have resulted in a worse turn of events at that final corner though, would it.
I believe they call that results orientated thinking.
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