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I would implement a change of formation tonight and trial a genuine 433.

 

________Fleming

 

Lee Hazell Gregan Lomax

 

__Eardley Maher Taylor

 

__Davies Windass Hughes

 

Subs – Bell, Stambo, Whittaker, Liddell, Allessandra

 

 

I think it’s fair to say that 2 combative players are required in a midfield 3 lacking wingbacks, therefore in Ratters absence Eards steps up to the midfield. This is hardly a square peg in a round hole….I reckon he would remind a few what a good player he can be, after all, playing here he is likely to be too high up the pitch to be ‘hoofing’ it long all the time! :) I have never seen Lee at fullback but by many accounts he can play there. I’d have Lee on the right as he is more likely to get forward then Lomax who I prefer behind the attack minded Chris Taylor, who is naturally keeping Whittaker out of the side. Despite Taylor's energy and work-rate maybe he and Lee on the left side would be a little gung-ho whilst Eards and Lomax together on the right a little defensive. Maher doesn’t cross halfway.

 

Windass becomes the focal point of the attack, I’d instruct the midfield to be hitting him as directly and as often as possible whilst Taylor in particular runs on to join in. I believe the pace of Davies gives the defence a variety of worries and I hope that his attitude approach will have improved vastly (maybe playing with 2 significantly better players, and after being farmed out on loan, he might give up trying to do it all himself and actually move the ball on). Hughesy I want roaming, dropping off and dragging defenders around like he does. However Hughesy and Windass ought to be changing around throughout, playing off each other and taking advantage of the pace of Davies constantly pushing their defence deep. Actually, I think I’d want all three interchanging and asking different questions right across their back 4. :naughty:

 

Another option would be to include Alless for Davies. He’d probably slot in just behind the front 2 changing the shape slightly. That could be better and allows for Alless to drop back and make it a midfield 4 with Eardley and Taylor wide when required. I think ultimately my choice would be based on Hartlepool personal and tactics which I know little about.

 

Above all we need a change of approach tonight whatever that may be. Hartlepool will be coming expecting the same 442 and confident of being the latest team to spoil our play and take home a point. An attacking 4-3-3, albeit with a ‘direct’ approach, could be just the ticket for us. We want to be playing our nice football in the final third – that’s how to score goals at home! Of course it would have to be hammered home to not just hit long aimless balls up to Deano – this isn’t Alan Shearer. Hopefully our ‘footballing’ defenders wouldn’t do this anyway but past evidence suggest otherwise. The ball needs to be zipped into his feet and chest from the midfield, same goes for Hughesy. There lies the key. :)

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I'd keep Eardley at right back and put Lee in the middle. If we are going to change formation I would rather it be built on as solid a back 5 as we can manage and have the "experiment" in front of that. No point having Hazell having to coax Lee through a game at right back when we have a player more used to playing there on the pitch.

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I would implement a change of formation tonight and trial a genuine 433.

 

________Fleming

 

Lee Hazell Gregan Lomax

 

__Eardley Maher Taylor

 

__Davies Windass Hughes

 

Subs – Bell, Stambo, Whittaker, Liddell, Allessandra

 

 

I think it’s fair to say that 2 combative players are required in a midfield 3 lacking wingbacks, therefore in Ratters absence Eards steps up to the midfield. This is hardly a square peg in a round hole….I reckon he would remind a few what a good player he can be, after all, playing here he is likely to be too high up the pitch to be ‘hoofing’ it long all the time! :) I have never seen Lee at fullback but by many accounts he can play there. I’d have Lee on the right as he is more likely to get forward then Lomax who I prefer behind the attack minded Chris Taylor, who is naturally keeping Whittaker out of the side. Despite Taylor's energy and work-rate maybe he and Lee on the left side would be a little gung-ho whilst Eards and Lomax together on the right a little defensive. Maher doesn’t cross halfway.

 

Windass becomes the focal point of the attack, I’d instruct the midfield to be hitting him as directly and as often as possible whilst Taylor in particular runs on to join in. I believe the pace of Davies gives the defence a variety of worries and I hope that his attitude approach will have improved vastly (maybe playing with 2 significantly better players, and after being farmed out on loan, he might give up trying to do it all himself and actually move the ball on). Hughesy I want roaming, dropping off and dragging defenders around like he does. However Hughesy and Windass ought to be changing around throughout, playing off each other and taking advantage of the pace of Davies constantly pushing their defence deep. Actually, I think I’d want all three interchanging and asking different questions right across their back 4. :naughty:

 

Another option would be to include Alless for Davies. He’d probably slot in just behind the front 2 changing the shape slightly. That could be better and allows for Alless to drop back and make it a midfield 4 with Eardley and Taylor wide when required. I think ultimately my choice would be based on Hartlepool personal and tactics which I know little about.

 

Above all we need a change of approach tonight whatever that may be. Hartlepool will be coming expecting the same 442 and confident of being the latest team to spoil our play and take home a point. An attacking 4-3-3, albeit with a ‘direct’ approach, could be just the ticket for us. We want to be playing our nice football in the final third – that’s how to score goals at home! Of course it would have to be hammered home to not just hit long aimless balls up to Deano – this isn’t Alan Shearer. Hopefully our ‘footballing’ defenders wouldn’t do this anyway but past evidence suggest otherwise. The ball needs to be zipped into his feet and chest from the midfield, same goes for Hughesy. There lies the key. :)

 

like it, but if davies is dropped AGAIN then id like to see what his attitude would be like in the future

 

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I'd keep Eardley at right back and put Lee in the middle. If we are going to change formation I would rather it be built on as solid a back 5 as we can manage and have the "experiment" in front of that. No point having Hazell having to coax Lee through a game at right back when we have a player more used to playing there on the pitch.

 

Can certainly see your reasoning I just think Lee, Maher and Taylor could be a bit lightweight for a 3. Plus I'm keen to see Eards back in the midfield. If I was to keep Eardley at rightback I'd maybe prefer Whitts (or even the all action Stephens?) to Lee in a 3.

 

 

like it, but if davies is dropped AGAIN then id like to see what his attitude would be like in the future

 

Craig needs to regain his place before he can be dropped again. :lol:

 

 

wont work, hughes is too slow for the double job he would be doing there.

 

Huh?

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I think it lacks width personally. If you look at Eardley and Taylor to push wide then we will get run over through the middle, Lomax is hardly the type of Full Back I see getting forward often enough, he prefers someone infront of him to hoof it over his head when they pass it back. Still not seen Lee play so Im not going to comment but from my understanding of his game Id agree with swapping him for Eardley.

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When I watched them at Fleetwood they had one basic problem. They couldn't defend the long aimless punts upfield.

 

I predict a 15-0 win with Windass our leading scorer after one game.

 

IS Allott banned for this one?

 

Team will include Davies out wide right with Deano and Hughes up front. :grin: please...

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playing on either side of a front three, you have to fill in in midfield when the other team have the ball. you also have to be a winger, so its actually three jobs.

 

Exactly, and we dont want Hughes or Windass to be wasted in that position, theyre here to score goals. Imagine the space we are going to create with the movement these two alone upfront will make. someone like Allot making the runs through the centre to expose them to will create havoc :D

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Troublel is many of you are forgetting one thing, he has hardly played at all this season, about 90 minsutes since August 08. So needs to get match fit

 

Off the subs bench, I think

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Trouble is many of you are forgetting one thing, he has hardly played at all this season, about 90 minutes since August 08. So needs to get match fit

 

Off the subs bench, I think

 

 

Nah, starts and scores fourteen goals before breaking the land speed record on his bicycle on his way home is how it will go.

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playing on either side of a front three, you have to fill in in midfield when the other team have the ball. you also have to be a winger, so its actually three jobs.

 

I'm not sure you do whilst playing 'all out attack' at home in an effort to finally break a team down. Hughes isn't playing as a winger - we aren't using them. If they want to commit the men forward to exploit this then, in my opinion, they have played into our hands.

 

The width argument is fair enough, although a lack of width is a limitation of the system as a whole. In this system the attacking focus comes elsewhere. Different systems, different pros, different cons! If you want width play a different system, maybe a 451, not a GENUINE 433 as I suggested.

 

Still, I appreciate and value your contributions.

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thank you. its the aim of this board afterall. ill therefore add that i reckon we'd be overrun, if i was doing it id go for my same team but line them up as so

 

flemming

eardley

stam

ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuubes

lomax

lee

maher

whittaker

davies

hughes

taylor

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wont work, hughes is too slow for the double job he would be doing there.

 

flemming

eardley stam ruuuuuuuuuuuuuubes lomax

lee maher whittaker taylor

hughes davies

 

bench

windass

deano

greegs

liddell

stephens

 

I don't know how anyone could pick Stam over Gregan after the Huddersfield game.

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my 4-4-2 if all fit and available:

 

fleming

eardley

hazell

gregan

lomax

smalley

lee

allott

taylor

hughes

windass

 

get smalley and taylor interchanging and get lee bombing through the middle to create.

 

433 that shez seems keen on (tonights line up:

 

fleming

eardley

hazell

gregan

lomax

 

smalley

lee

taylor

 

alessandra

 

hughes

windass

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yes its called playing lads with pace to win the ball then get us going forward, we do need it you know...

 

Fast players = ball winners? :unsure:

 

I think it’s fair to say that 2 combative players are required in a midfield 3 lacking wingbacks

 

 

Still, I appreciate and value your contributions.

 

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