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|Important factor worth considering|
at 09:26 17 Jul 2018
This is the first in a long time we've had a new manager take over during the summer break, who has not been forced to immediately go into matches with the previous man's team and setup.
There is bound to be more upheaval - Hurst has the time, space and transfer window to change a lot more things. He does not have the encumbrance of having already formed working relationships (under difficult circumstances) with the players. Which, on a human level, makes them easier to ship out or criticise.
at 21:53 11 Jul 2018
Nothing to be ashamed of. Did well, overall.
|Hurrah, England win!|
at 22:41 7 Jul 2018
By 142 runs, the women cricketers in the first ODI against New Zealand. Oh, and Hamilton's on pole in the British GP.
Any other sporting news today?
|They're not lions|
at 14:20 5 Jul 2018
It's three heraldic leopards on the shield.
|You know what's happening|
at 09:52 4 Jul 2018
History reversing. We vote to leave the EU, win the World Cup and within a couple of decades the UK is once again a major global power with a vast empire and at war with Germany.
|Point for discussion: What is a Centre Back for?|
at 10:25 30 Jun 2018
The furore surrounding Webster's departure set me thinking, all the talk of "ball-playing" CBs. But are they really necessary, or is this just a cri de cour for something other than long balls out of defence?
In a scenario where we have no proper wingers and the full backs (so-called wing backs) are always up the pitch, then maybe the CBs do need to provide the connection between 'keeper and midfield. But even then, they can't afford to go galloping too far forward as it leaves the defence weakened against counterattacks. Ability to pick an accurate pass would be more valuable than dribbling skill.
If the team does have genuine wingers to do the running up the flanks, the FBs can sit further back and be the link between defence and midfield. That means the CBs can concentrate on their primary role, that of defending. It means we probably require fewer of them (2 instead of 3) given they are not needed to head up the pitch and have less advanced FBs to assist. Perhaps even the DM role becomes not so critical, giving another midfield player to take part in the attack.
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