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Maybe Neil watched Man City dump PSG out of the champions league without bothering to play a striker and thought we could do the same. 

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, wilsoncgp said:

I mentioned this on Twitter in response to the Gazette story about how we win more games when we have less possession.

They also said our cross success is related to our lack of a presence in the box. 

But we also have the most crosses in the division with over 1000, nobody else has put in over 1000 crosses this season. Which begs the question, why are we blaming our lack of presence in the box for our failure when, I dunno, maybe we shouldn't be trying to play in a way that clearly relies on that?

If you look at Britt's goal-scoring stats per season, this is by some margin his worst season. In his seasons as a permanent member of a Championship squad, he has consistently scored 14-16 goals. The only outliers are the season he was out injured for all but 4 games with Forest and our last 2 seasons under Woodgate and Warnock, even last season he managed 11 overall. Criticise Britt all you want for his misses, we all know he's not a £15m striker. But he has been a consistent goal-scorer at this level until this season.

Warnock says he's had no striker this season. The stats say he's had at least one striker fit for most the season who he has failed to utilise. Even bloody Pulis got significantly more out of him.

Another weird stat from WhoScored: in terms of 'action zones,' we spend the highest % of time in the opposition third in the whole league. Combined with your stat and the one about touches in the box, that suggests we spend an awful lot of time lumping aimless crosses into the box to opposition defenders.

 

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3 minutes ago, wilsoncgp said:

Certainly going by this season, yeah. I mean, he's definitely had some good seasons for Cardiff, he's looked nothing like that player here. Don't give a toss about the full pre-season thing in his regard, Bolasie came here with as many opportunities as NML had had this season and also was clearly not fit at the start. NML never looked match fit throughout and Bolasie was in good shape for the last 10 games or so.

I’ve got the wrong player I was on about akpom 😂

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8 minutes ago, SouthernSmoggie said:

Another weird stat from WhoScored: in terms of 'action zones,' we spend the highest % of time in the opposition third in the whole league. Combined with your stat and the one about touches in the box, that suggests we spend an awful lot of time lumping aimless crosses into the box to opposition defenders.

 

I think what it suggests more is that as soon as one of our defenders or keeper gets the ball, they pump it up to the final 3rd. No passing around at the back and missing out the midfield completely. Which I think fairly represents what we see.

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I feel sorry for Akpom. Messi could have been upfront for us and he would have struggled. Constant long balls with very little service. I really doubt Toney would have got 10 goals in this team. Doubt Akpom felt great about getting called out in the press by Warnock every week either

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Just now, Donnyboro said:

Footy insider linking us with Joe lumley would fit with what someone on here wrote English keeper mid 20s 

I say we don't get this deal done and we end up with bang avg fringe squad fillers for the season. Don't want to be too negative though 😆

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7 minutes ago, SouthernSmoggie said:

Another weird stat from WhoScored: in terms of 'action zones,' we spend the highest % of time in the opposition third in the whole league. Combined with your stat and the one about touches in the box, that suggests we spend an awful lot of time lumping aimless crosses into the box to opposition defenders.

 

Another interesting stat regarding crosses is that we also had by an even larger margin the least amount of crosses put into our box, assuming I'm reading the stats correctly.

Some of that will come down to preventing those situations sure but it reads more to me like teams knew what our strength was defensively and actively tried to avoid putting crosses into our box. Across the season, we've attempted 1026 crosses and had only 629 attempted against us. In both situations, that's around 200 more/less than the average respectively.

So not only have we persisted in a tactic that everyone could see was failing, we've done it whilst the teams we've played have by and large done something different to get around the fact crosses generally won't work against us.

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7 minutes ago, Donnyboro said:

Footy insider linking us with Joe lumley would fit with what someone on here wrote English keeper mid 20s 

This could be Ab Fab!

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11 minutes ago, Donnyboro said:

Footy insider linking us with Joe lumley would fit with what someone on here wrote English keeper mid 20s 

Qprs second keeper .. not sure that's an upgrade!

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41 minutes ago, SouthernSmoggie said:

Another weird stat from WhoScored: in terms of 'action zones,' we spend the highest % of time in the opposition third in the whole league. Combined with your stat and the one about touches in the box, that suggests we spend an awful lot of time lumping aimless crosses into the box to opposition defenders.

 

Or balls that miss everyone and end up going out of play. I remember a fair few of those too.

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9 minutes ago, Neverbefore said:

Qprs second keeper .. not sure that's an upgrade!

Definitely not an upgrade seen him play for donny this season he was poor 

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24 minutes ago, wilsoncgp said:

Another interesting stat regarding crosses is that we also had by an even larger margin the least amount of crosses put into our box, assuming I'm reading the stats correctly.

Some of that will come down to preventing those situations sure but it reads more to me like teams knew what our strength was defensively and actively tried to avoid putting crosses into our box. Across the season, we've attempted 1026 crosses and had only 629 attempted against us. In both situations, that's around 200 more/less than the average respectively.

So not only have we persisted in a tactic that everyone could see was failing, we've done it whilst the teams we've played have by and large done something different to get around the fact crosses generally won't work against us.

Don't worry - it'll work next season once Warnock has got all the players he wants. 😉

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31 minutes ago, Donnyboro said:

Footy insider linking us with Joe lumley would fit with what someone on here wrote English keeper mid 20s 

Hopefully not confusing with Joanne Lumley

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