- 15 Mar 2010
- Fav Player
- Jason Koumas / John Morrissey
We did not just hack long balls. Have you actually watched the game back ? The chances for Jennings and Norwood in the first half resulted from decent build up play, but the chances to get good possession in the opposition half were very limited because we were playing world class opposition who dominated the ball. In League Two when the ball is lost, it is presented back to you thirty seconds later because of the lower quality of player. Against Spurs we did not see the ball for three or four minutes when we lost it, which makes it very difficult to get up the pitch and build momentum.What would you have done differently tactically ? Hoofed long balls ? Well that's all we did do for the first 60 minutes when we actually had any possession, and lets face it we've certainly had plenty of practice over the last couple of months. Who said it was necessary to hack anyone down? I didn't. Why did we wait until we were 4 goals down before changing our shape and endeavouring to play some attacking football? The sitting back tactic employed for the first hour invited them on to us continuously,( I think the stats show they had 77% possession in the 1st half) resulting in our static defence being dragged continually all over the place before being carved open with ease time and time again as the inevitable fatigue set in. Let's be honest we were lucky it was only 7 in the end.
We could play them another 10 times and would not win a single game with different tactics...….most probably right Ian, we were never going to win this game anyway but we could have at least come away with our heads up for at least having had a go from the start.
We did not actually change our shape at any stage in the game: we played 532 throughout, so you have had another tactical nightmare there. Nor did we employ a 'sitting back' tactic in the first sixty minutes. We were forced back by their domination of the ball. When the game became more stretched in the second half they ripped us to shreds with their quality, so presumably you would have liked that to happen in the first half as well ? We were not cut open because we were too deep, so your comments are completely contradictory.
A League Two side can't compete with world class players. The gulf is too big. The players did give it a go and I was proud of their efforts. You still have not made any suggestion of what we could have done differently tactically, which suggests to me that you are just talking over-emotional nonsense here.