Wednesday, December 24

Style counselling

Some interesting stats on Match of the Day 2 about West Ham's game. There's been a few more short passes, but the percentage of so-called "long passes" has remained almost the same as last season. What has changed I think is that we now play two strikers and a midfield diamond. Crosses tend to come in from much further upfield through the fullbacks and are not diagonal balls played in from just over the halfway line. Last season we sent in countless crosses to no-one in particular, now we have strikers who are strong in the air. The great advantage of this side is that we can mix it up, playing both short and long, on the ground and in the air and have better players in most positions. While in most games we've always looked like scoring, whatever the style, which is surely the sort of entertainment most fans want.

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