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Good result in a very tough game 21:48 - Dec 29 with 2558 viewsitfcjoe

Could see some of the stuff McKenna was trying to implement and a lot of it was positive.

We had to ride our luck a little bit at times, but some great spirit shown there and winning close games, especially at Portman Road, is not something we've done for a decent amount of time.

I like the set up at the back, up the pitch was a little bit round pegs in square holes so be interested to see where we end up once McKenna has had a chance to get some players who suit his style a bit more.


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Good result in a very tough game on 21:51 - Dec 29 with 2429 viewsBudapestByBlimp

I like the set up at the back too - gives a bit more cover when our wing backs push up and allows Morsy and Evans to remain further up the pitch.
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Good result in a very tough game on 21:59 - Dec 29 with 2331 viewsKeaneish

Differences for me were:

- Defenders encouraged to travel with the ball and drive into space
- Balls into the box early rather than waiting for overlaps or bodies in the box
- Early balls forward and pressing of play to win the seconds
- Clear the lines no matter how and get back in shape ready for the seconds

The first half was a mash-up of styles we’ve seen from previous managers. The second was very Mick like. I thought the set-up was exactly how McGreal and Dyer left it. Disappointingly, the days of getting in behind defences like we did consistently under Cook looks to be over as McKenna seems to prefer the McGreal approach although the next few games will show; nothing bad about that as we’ve picked up some solid results in the last three games.

Good result. A combative display with some good highlights but a lot to iron out if a style is to be defined.

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Good result in a very tough game on 22:08 - Dec 29 with 2231 viewsurbanblue

Good result in a very tough game on 21:59 - Dec 29 by Keaneish

Differences for me were:

- Defenders encouraged to travel with the ball and drive into space
- Balls into the box early rather than waiting for overlaps or bodies in the box
- Early balls forward and pressing of play to win the seconds
- Clear the lines no matter how and get back in shape ready for the seconds

The first half was a mash-up of styles we’ve seen from previous managers. The second was very Mick like. I thought the set-up was exactly how McGreal and Dyer left it. Disappointingly, the days of getting in behind defences like we did consistently under Cook looks to be over as McKenna seems to prefer the McGreal approach although the next few games will show; nothing bad about that as we’ve picked up some solid results in the last three games.

Good result. A combative display with some good highlights but a lot to iron out if a style is to be defined.


I think we will see a lot more tactics and method of play dependant on who we are playing against. Mick Mills was continually saying we should have been further up the pitch. I reckon Wycombe would have loved that.

If that Chaplin effort had gone in a 2-0 win would have been a superb performance in the circumstances. As it is, it was a good solid performance and result.
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Good result in a very tough game on 22:09 - Dec 29 with 2198 viewsDubtractor

Good result in a very tough game on 22:08 - Dec 29 by urbanblue

I think we will see a lot more tactics and method of play dependant on who we are playing against. Mick Mills was continually saying we should have been further up the pitch. I reckon Wycombe would have loved that.

If that Chaplin effort had gone in a 2-0 win would have been a superb performance in the circumstances. As it is, it was a good solid performance and result.


Yeah, I thought it odd that Mills was desperate for us to go route one more and pick up second balls, as if he hadn't been watching the game and seeing how Wycombe play!

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Good result in a very tough game on 22:13 - Dec 29 with 2139 viewsGeomorph

Just comparing to playing a team with a similar (though less effective) style… Against accy we lost most first challenges and won almost no second balls… we seemed so much better at that tonight. Well some mck and the lads
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Good result in a very tough game on 22:14 - Dec 29 with 2100 viewsElderGrizzly

Good result in a very tough game on 21:59 - Dec 29 by Keaneish

Differences for me were:

- Defenders encouraged to travel with the ball and drive into space
- Balls into the box early rather than waiting for overlaps or bodies in the box
- Early balls forward and pressing of play to win the seconds
- Clear the lines no matter how and get back in shape ready for the seconds

The first half was a mash-up of styles we’ve seen from previous managers. The second was very Mick like. I thought the set-up was exactly how McGreal and Dyer left it. Disappointingly, the days of getting in behind defences like we did consistently under Cook looks to be over as McKenna seems to prefer the McGreal approach although the next few games will show; nothing bad about that as we’ve picked up some solid results in the last three games.

Good result. A combative display with some good highlights but a lot to iron out if a style is to be defined.


The most obvious one was that first bullet wasn’t it? All three CBs appearing in the opposition box after running with the ball.
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Good result in a very tough game on 22:20 - Dec 29 with 2008 viewscbower

Under Cook's 4231 the midfield was overrun. Mcgreal changed that and long may it continue under McKenna. Do you think maybe we could eventually see the re-emergence of Rekeem Harper too as he won't be a) so isolated and b) shackled so defensively?

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Good result in a very tough game on 22:22 - Dec 29 with 1957 viewsdeliasplums

I thought there were some really good signs there. It looked as though we tired significantly which isn’t surprising given the early intensity which isn’t something we’ve been used to.
A good three points and plenty to build on.

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Good result in a very tough game on 22:25 - Dec 29 with 1897 viewsMetal_Hacker

Good result in a very tough game on 22:09 - Dec 29 by Dubtractor

Yeah, I thought it odd that Mills was desperate for us to go route one more and pick up second balls, as if he hadn't been watching the game and seeing how Wycombe play!


Mills did my nut in tonight to be fair I’m afraid to admit

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Good result in a very tough game on 22:32 - Dec 29 with 1808 viewsitfcsuth

Ball travelling from CB was the difference from me. Altogether didn’t see to many differences from the Sunderland game, nor would I expect to having only probably had 5 or 6 training days.

His team will develop over a period time, with his ideas being put across bit by bit.
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Good result in a very tough game on 22:36 - Dec 29 with 1727 viewsitfcjoe

Good result in a very tough game on 22:32 - Dec 29 by itfcsuth

Ball travelling from CB was the difference from me. Altogether didn’t see to many differences from the Sunderland game, nor would I expect to having only probably had 5 or 6 training days.

His team will develop over a period time, with his ideas being put across bit by bit.


Was very vertical from the back - both passing and running from all 3 of them

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Good result in a very tough game on 22:44 - Dec 29 with 1622 viewspointofblue

A tale of two halves but both good stories. The first showed so much promise, especially the attacking approach of the centre backs without leaving us exposed at the back. The second half showed game management at it's finest, coupled with formation changes and sensible subs to counter any threats. It was nice to see a change of shape and approach to challenge the opposition and hopefully more of that is to come.

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Good result in a very tough game on 22:44 - Dec 29 with 1608 viewsitfcsuth

Good result in a very tough game on 22:36 - Dec 29 by itfcjoe

Was very vertical from the back - both passing and running from all 3 of them


Far better than ponderous displays that we have seen previously, only to either pass sideways or long pass to a lone striker.

The benefit of that back 3 system is that there is always likely to be at least one unmarked man to find, you find that spare CB quickly enough it will allow them to step out with the ball.

Always thought Woolfenden would be better suited as a wider CB in a back 3, but he’s taken to that central role very impressively.
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Good result in a very tough game on 22:48 - Dec 29 with 1548 viewsDinDjarin

Good result in a very tough game on 21:59 - Dec 29 by Keaneish

Differences for me were:

- Defenders encouraged to travel with the ball and drive into space
- Balls into the box early rather than waiting for overlaps or bodies in the box
- Early balls forward and pressing of play to win the seconds
- Clear the lines no matter how and get back in shape ready for the seconds

The first half was a mash-up of styles we’ve seen from previous managers. The second was very Mick like. I thought the set-up was exactly how McGreal and Dyer left it. Disappointingly, the days of getting in behind defences like we did consistently under Cook looks to be over as McKenna seems to prefer the McGreal approach although the next few games will show; nothing bad about that as we’ve picked up some solid results in the last three games.

Good result. A combative display with some good highlights but a lot to iron out if a style is to be defined.


Maybe but maybe he sets us up based on who we are playing as he is the type who goes over and the over the opposition and rightly so.
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Good result in a very tough game on 22:55 - Dec 29 with 1469 viewsHullblue

Thought Norwood’s positioning was interesting - looked like he was playing from the left for a lot of the time. Brave and interesting move when the easy and logical thing would have been to play him down the middle with Bonne. As it was it looked more like a 343 to me. Norwood ran his butt off as well.

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Good result in a very tough game on 23:03 - Dec 29 with 1379 viewstractor_lady

What I liked more than anything is the players looked like they knew what was expected of them so a real team display not several disjointed individual performances. Hence why so difficult to pick MoM or indeed a weak link! I think having a technically minded manager is a refreshing change as looks like we have plan a, b and c! We so lacked that under cook (and his recent predecessors!)
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Good result in a very tough game on 23:05 - Dec 29 with 1344 viewstextbackup

Good result in a very tough game on 22:14 - Dec 29 by ElderGrizzly

The most obvious one was that first bullet wasn’t it? All three CBs appearing in the opposition box after running with the ball.


I loved seeing it. All three have that ability, and if the space opens up then why not, Morsy can drop back and then let a lump go on a run… Titus done ok out of it a few times lol

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Good result in a very tough game on 23:09 - Dec 29 with 1292 viewsHerbivore

Good result in a very tough game on 21:59 - Dec 29 by Keaneish

Differences for me were:

- Defenders encouraged to travel with the ball and drive into space
- Balls into the box early rather than waiting for overlaps or bodies in the box
- Early balls forward and pressing of play to win the seconds
- Clear the lines no matter how and get back in shape ready for the seconds

The first half was a mash-up of styles we’ve seen from previous managers. The second was very Mick like. I thought the set-up was exactly how McGreal and Dyer left it. Disappointingly, the days of getting in behind defences like we did consistently under Cook looks to be over as McKenna seems to prefer the McGreal approach although the next few games will show; nothing bad about that as we’ve picked up some solid results in the last three games.

Good result. A combative display with some good highlights but a lot to iron out if a style is to be defined.


"Disappointingly, the days of getting in behind defences like we did consistently under Cook looks to be over".

Excuse me whilst I hop into my roflcopter. My word.

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Good result in a very tough game on 23:17 - Dec 29 with 1207 viewsKeaneish

Good result in a very tough game on 22:14 - Dec 29 by ElderGrizzly

The most obvious one was that first bullet wasn’t it? All three CBs appearing in the opposition box after running with the ball.


For sure and what’s great about that is it means Wolfenden is firmly in his plans and more power to that.

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Good result in a very tough game on 23:26 - Dec 29 with 1137 viewstractorboy1978

Very solid performance. Nice to see three centre halves playing that are all comfortable on the ball and able to step into midfield. Nsiala/Burgess won't last long here now IMO.

Longer term I suspect we will see one of those 'number 9' type front men dropped for Edwards and it'll become more 3-4-3 than 3-4-1-2. But it worked having Bonne and Norwood up there tonight and giving as good as we got in a physical sense.

It was notable that Morsy had far more licence to drive forwards tonight, he was almost playing box to box first half. And was pressing high up the pitch right at the end for Chaplin's chance.

I suspect LB is going to be a position we see someone new come in. Penney did ok but stands out as the weak link for me.
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Good result in a very tough game on 23:47 - Dec 29 with 969 viewsN2_Blue

Good result in a very tough game on 21:59 - Dec 29 by Keaneish

Differences for me were:

- Defenders encouraged to travel with the ball and drive into space
- Balls into the box early rather than waiting for overlaps or bodies in the box
- Early balls forward and pressing of play to win the seconds
- Clear the lines no matter how and get back in shape ready for the seconds

The first half was a mash-up of styles we’ve seen from previous managers. The second was very Mick like. I thought the set-up was exactly how McGreal and Dyer left it. Disappointingly, the days of getting in behind defences like we did consistently under Cook looks to be over as McKenna seems to prefer the McGreal approach although the next few games will show; nothing bad about that as we’ve picked up some solid results in the last three games.

Good result. A combative display with some good highlights but a lot to iron out if a style is to be defined.


So 90 minutes for the new manager in a tough game against Wycombe and you've already decided we're not going to get in behind teams and show attacking purpose in a manner seen at times this season, (although it was gung-ho rather than controlled with an element of game management under Cook).

You're almost as bad as Makin!

I saw more game management tonight under McKenna than I saw in 40+games with Cook.

So much to be pleased with tonight, so much more to improve, and so much more to come. Mckenna is so much more engaging to listen to than Cook ever was.
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