hi-jaq Posted October 28, 2009 Share Posted October 28, 2009 Since the begining of this season, I've watched most games and I'm becoming increasingly more concerned about our defence. The fullbacks seem to be coming very, very tight to our centre halves at times allowing acres of space to the opposition in wide areas. As the Chelsea game showed last weekend & also the Burnley game, albeit to a much lesser extent, we have a holding midfield player, but on too many occasions this holding player gets caught out & the space afforded in the middle of the park allows the opposition to run at our back line, who in turn back off & back off allowing the opposition to get close to our goal and get a decent shot away. We have changed full backs, and I think we might have better ones than last year, Chimbonda looks great, Jacobsen looks tidy enough, Salgado (who once cost 11 million euros) also looks good enough. Our central defence has changed a bit, but I dont think for one minute that Givet is a proper centre half, he's nowhere near commanding enough in the air & at times his challenges lack bite (not saying all the time, just sometimes!!!), I think my point here was proved tonight against Peterbrough, when Nelsen came on & won absoutely everthing, on the floor & in the air & sorted our back line out, Givet is a solid fullback in my eyes, not so much to offer going forward, but I think we need to stop leaking goals & then think about attacking with more purpose. The best partnership in the centre for me, is Samba & Nelsen, at times in the past they have looked unbeatable & apart from Nelsens loss of pace, there is'nt much to stop that becoming the case again. My preferred back line is as follows, Chimbonda - Samba - Nelsen - Givet I reckon we could swap Chimbonda for Jacobsen easily, if he had a loss of form, or if we needed to switch him to the left, but that back line looks solid to me. The only other issue, is why we stand off the opposition so much, but this involves the midfield players as well, we get into formation well when we loose the ball, fair enough, good work, but then we just stand there, don't get tight to the opposition & let them pass the ball through us. I'm no premiership manager, but we used to do that whole closing down & marking tight thing under Hughes & that made us very difficult to beat, we were hard to get through & everyone hated us because the players fought & battled like their lives depended on it. I don't know if it's just me, but we dont seem to do that anymore!!! I'll leave it up to you guys, if you want to join in & have your say, I'm just concerned for our team & would like to see us defend a little better. Cheers, Dan! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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