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Jewell: Town Now More Flexible
Jewell: Town Now More Flexible
Friday, 24th Feb 2012 12:35

Boss Paul Jewell says there’s a greater flexibility about the current Town side, admitting that his team lacked a Plan B earlier in the campaign.

Town’s autumn run of good form – which included a home victory over Saturday’s opponents Brighton – came to an abrupt halt as sides worked out the diamond formation.

Jewell is conscious that opposition managers will be working on finding a solution to the Blues’ current successful system: “I think we’re got to be aware of that and it’s something that we’ve worked on in training, the ability to change our shape during games, whether that’s with the players already on the pitch or with a change of personnel. I think we’ve got to be flexible.

“I think a lot of teams are trying to match us up. Cardiff played with a diamond last week and they changed their system to try to counteract the way we were playing, which is a credit to us.

“We’ve always got to try and be one step ahead of that and try and have a Plan B. When people worked out the diamond, we probably didn’t have that, to be honest. Maybe we’ve got a bit more flexibility about us now.”

The Town manager says lessons should be learnt from previous games whether you win them or lose them: “You have to learn from your mistakes and from what you’ve done well. We take what we’ve learned in one game forward to the next.

“I think if you look at the season and watch every minute of every game, as we have, you would say that for large parts of those games we’ve played quite well.

“But in the periods where we haven’t, we’ve conceded goals – the Southampton, Peterborough, Doncaster games and Reading at home we conceded two or three goals in five or 10-minute spells, which gave us a mountain to climb.

“In the last couple of games we’ve kept two clean sheets and when we’ve come under pressure we’ve managed not to concede. Up until recently, when we’ve come under pressure we’ve conceded one goal, if not two.

“Having said that, we’ve conceded goals when we haven’t been under pressure by just making basic errors. We’ve cut them out in the last couple of games and we’ve seen the benefit of it.”

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singtown added 12:44 - Feb 24
Clean sheets most welcome! But as long as we can score more than the oppositions will just do too!

Keep up the winning streak!
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buryblue77 added 12:47 - Feb 24
We could well have another nine if not more points on the board which would put us around 10th place if it weren't for the stupid basic errors that Paul mentioned, at times we've been poor and lacked a plan b, but we've also lost when playing well either by errors or being robbed by dodgy officials!
COYB!! Onwards and upwards now!
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IpsRich added 12:48 - Feb 24
Town lacking Plan B? I beg to differ:
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Southamptonblue added 13:36 - Feb 24
True fact: Paul Jewell looks like he could be Plan B's dad.
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Wacko added 14:15 - Feb 24
Jewell looks like someone's just started noshing him under the table
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Blue_it added 14:22 - Feb 24
Thats classic Southamptonblue
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Martus added 15:31 - Feb 24
Giggity
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Somersetractor added 15:50 - Feb 24
Is it wrong to mic up the away changing room?
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Frankley_Blue added 17:01 - Feb 24
Plan B? I'd argue that a lot of the time there wasn't even a Plan A!
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bluesman added 17:48 - Feb 24
Against Brighton the 'Diamond' looked like it meant leaving a huge wide open space in front of right back. Oddly, this didn't seem to be the case on the left.
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jas0999 added 18:49 - Feb 24
Agreed. Sadly as manager it was PJ's responsibility to have a Plan B. Still there is no plan B in the transfer window. Still a lot for PJ to do - yes four straight wins is good - but 7 straight defeats plus many thrashings is very poor. League position still outlines a dreadful season to date - yet I think we have the basis of a squad moving forward - sadly PJ is IMO not the man to do it.
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arc added 01:38 - Feb 25
Looking back, I can't believe we played a diamond with Bullard at the base and Leadbitter at the top. How did we ever get any points at all that way?
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svupper added 06:34 - Feb 25
He he.

When so many players - Smith, Edwards, Hyam, Martin, Jet, Murphy, Chops - decide to improve their game it's hard to not also add more flexibility :-)
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