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New Years Resolution: Tactical flexibility and a Plan B

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People have questioned why Lescott was preferred to Valente or Baines at left back.

It was clear to me in the first half why he picked Lescott at left back ? when Arsenal had the ball Lescott tucked into the middle to form a 3 with Yobo and Jags, with Pienaar dropping to left back. With Carsley and Neville in front , the middle was blocked off to prevent Arsenal producing the slick one-twos to get through the centre, as they normally do. Worked very well first half, but then they by-passed the midfield with the long ball, especially when we were attacking and stretched. We all know our back four play deep, almost on the edge of our own box ? should have pushed right up a lot quicker and made it impossible for Eduardo to get quick shots off.

There is a joint responsibility between the manager and the players to be flexible and make the necessary adjustments during the game ? players should see it and the manager should recognise it and make the changes if they don't come from the players ? I never saw this happen against Arsenal ? so its something to reflect on and learn from during 2008.

Tactically that's why Wenger is top class and Davey still has a bit to learn ? but Moyes is very clear about his own development as a manager, so hopefully he will have a plan B in mind for future games.

Best wishes to all for next year ? here's hoping for glory !
Steve  Jones, Wavertree     Posted 31/12/2007 at 21:00:40

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Rob Paterson
1   Posted 01/01/2008 at 03:24:15

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And here’s me thinking that Baines wasn’t fit and Nuno made the bench only because he was half fit and there wasn’t another defender available. I didn’t appreciate that it was tactical not to play injured players !

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