After an international break and poor league and cup outings, things are looking bleak again for our ambitions for this season. The following will highlight what I think would help us achieve those goals.
Our lack of chances in front of goal is now becoming a real worry for us. The main problem I have seen that maybe causing this, is a lack of movement from the support players when the receiving player is receiving a pass. I would like to see players running from deep when a pass is played forward, or following in on there own pass, which will give the receiving player some options or even help the receiver find some space to hold on and create a chance for himself! I would also like to see attackers who are already up in the front line taking a gamble and running into space in between or beyond the defenders, instead of waiting to see where the ball is being played to by the receiving player. Hopefully the above suggestions would lead to less moments when we think, “if only he had made the run a fraction of a second earlier, he would be clean through etc etc!”.
Overall I would like to see us keep it simple. Keeping possession of the ball means the opposition don’t have it and therefore they will not be able to score. If the way forward is blocked, don’t hump it forward in hope, play back, switch the play, pull the opposition out of position. Doing that will create the space for us to play into and hopefully give us far more real chances on goal. When we have done this in the past, we have worn teams down and got ourself a late goal or two, or dominated games, creating plenty of shooting opportunities and improved are goal difference significantly.
I still believe we will scrape 4th, but we need the players to work hard for 90mins now, they need to stop coming in out of games. I would also like to see two players left up as outlet men, when we are defending free kicks and corners.