Why change a winning formula?

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Why change a winning formula?

Pick a back 4 and stick with it – check
Take each game individually – check
Find a way of playing Rooney and Sigurdsson together – check
Give players renewed confidence – check

Then – two winnable away games come along, and just throw everything you've gained down the toilet.

I was a firm No to Allardyce, but said I would support him as he was now our manager, and therefore one of us. Then, I was quietly impressed with what he was doing in difficult circumstances. The right decisions were being made and the players were responding well to the tactics.

Were the West Brom and Bournemouth games a turning point? Did the players question why they were keeping ten behind the ball against such opposition?

The interview after the United game would not endear me to Allardyce if I were one of them - "This team can't score more than one goal in a game"?!?!

Although I want to give Allardyce my full support, the last 3 games - and his bullishness after all the media praise – is not making that easy.

Season ticket renewal is being advertised now – mine is on hold for the time being...

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Steve Carse
1 Posted 03/01/2018 at 14:57:22
Allardyce is a firm proponent of sports science. I suspect some of the selections are being based on what his statistical analysts are telling him re player tiredness, post-match blood test results etc.

Frankly I think much of it is bullshit. The mantra about small margins in football and how small changes can influence results unfortunately leads to an absence of enough reflection on the basic problems – in our case a simple lack of ability!

Jay Harris
2 Posted 03/01/2018 at 15:17:04
Adam I agree with your point but I think Steve is right too about player tiredness and it certainly looked that way against West Brom.

But the crux of the matter for me is Keane, Scneiderlin and Davies are all playing below par and in Keane's case it seems he cant defend one on one.

I hope we revert to Kenny, Holgate, Williams, and Martina for the cup derby which I'm hoping and praying will be a turning point for us.

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