I have just noticed a few things during the last 2 or 3 games. Obviously the problems of our season have been scoring, and due to the form of Saha, this seems to have been quelled for the time being. At least we have striker looking dangerous, and having Beckford as a back-up and Cahill having just got back, this seems to look good for us.
However, defensively, we are leaking goals. If you look at the game against Blackpool, all of the goals were very sloppy. The first, Baines should have cleared. The second, Heitinga lost a 50-50 after Coleman did a careless chest pass to a Blackpool player. The third, Distin was pissing about and lost the ball. All very sloppy and I really think they could have been stopped.
The Arsenal goals: perhaps Rodwell could have some sympathy for their first, but the way he made contact with the header resulted in the Arshavin volley. Their second was through very bad marking on the corner. These are all mistakes that WE caused; we must stop these mistakes so we can start getting clean sheets.
Could it be that Jagielka hasn't been playing? I'm not too sure because Heitinga looks steady, but good training this week can hopefully stop our defence and midfield from making mistakes.
Ben Jones, Posted 06/02/2011 at 13:03:12
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1 Posted 06/02/2011 at 16:01:23
I think jags will be back in next week.
2 Posted 06/02/2011 at 17:40:34
3 Posted 06/02/2011 at 17:42:01
The back four have positively hemoraging goals, particularly compared to previous seasons but I couldn't place my finger on why. I don't think Jagielka is the answer as we've leaked goals even when he's been playing.
I'm beginning to wonder if Distin is the key? Almost like Cahill. I predicted the side would pick up when Cahill was removed and it has. May be there is an over reliance on Distin?
Only time will tell.
4 Posted 06/02/2011 at 17:54:19
5 Posted 06/02/2011 at 18:10:36
6 Posted 06/02/2011 at 18:27:16
7 Posted 06/02/2011 at 18:32:16
8 Posted 06/02/2011 at 18:46:28
9 Posted 06/02/2011 at 18:54:09
It takes time for CB's to gel but I certainly feel Heitinga is a better footballer than Jags although Jags does put his body on the line for those last minute blocks.
I really believe the problem is in MF where they lose the ball and then dont have the pace to get back.
The only problem this season is that the goals leaked are mostly individual mistakes and are spread throughout the team
10 Posted 06/02/2011 at 21:47:03
In games I've even seen Arteta and Fellaini "closing down" the oppositions centre-backs further up the field than Saha. To add to that neither are the quickest and Bilyaletdinov isn't either so, whenever Baines bombs on, there isn't any natural cover. Coleman and Neville seem to concede less from the right side so perhaps some teams are growing wise to this with most balls coming in from our left hand side.
Through Heitinga's and Distin's pursuit of playing out the back, they're making more mistakes than a 'put it in Row Z' centre-half would. I know the mention of Lescott ever playing well is anathema, and he did get beaten in the air but he was quality at both centre and left back; the current back four just aren't as good as previous years and the stats show that.
11 Posted 07/02/2011 at 00:13:59
We have no balance in the middle, that is the problem; lose the ball and we only have Fellaini to stop it. Pienaar used to cover for Baines as well but Bily, Arteta, Osman and Rodwell to a degree don't tackle or cover back too well. Add in both full backs attacking and we will always be exposed playing like that.
Reminds me a lot of the United tean in the 70s and early 80s, great going forward but defensively niave.
Heitinga and Jagielka are not good enough in my opinion either, should have taken the £15M for Jags, I'm sure we could have got someone in for a lot less than that (Dan or Johnson), and then improved other areas of the team. Jags and Arteta may never be the same after the injuries, you have to take that into account... Yak wasn't.
12 Posted 07/02/2011 at 01:01:13
It's time for Johnny Heitinga to go in the summer. Jagielka can cover his position, and at least he doesn't jump out of tackles.
13 Posted 07/02/2011 at 07:04:15
14 Posted 07/02/2011 at 07:22:01
15 Posted 07/02/2011 at 09:56:45
Once we have guaranteed prem status for next season, Duffy should be thrown in for the rest of this... If he shows promise, Great; if he doesn't he should be shown the door with the other two.
16 Posted 07/02/2011 at 10:29:33
There are problems with the back four but this is exacerbated by the fact that they are constantly exposed through the midfield's inability to offer any real defensive resistance. This has got to be sorted as at the moment we are having to score at least 2 goals to have a chance of winning a game.
17 Posted 07/02/2011 at 11:57:45
But yes, he can have an arrogance about him and he is a bad looser. When Adam scored their 3rd with that controlled diving header, Heitinga should've been throwing his body in front of that as he was really close to him.
Anyways, we have had Distin & Jagielka and then Distin & Heitinga... so maybe it's time for a Jagielka & Heitinga partnership for the final thrid of the season. I'm not saying Distin deserves to be dropped but it might freshen up a back four who don't look like keeping a clean sheet against anyone.
After watching Liverpool's win at Chelsea, with a back three and wing backs... I think that is something to be seriously taken into consideration for our repaly. As much as i hate them, that was an excellent tactical performance and Chelsea wouldn't've scored all day (expect the stone wall pen of course).
18 Posted 07/02/2011 at 14:00:44
For me the biggest problem at the moment is Howard. His positioning is awful and he just doesn't even get near enough of the goals that have been going in. His worst season by a long way for me.
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