sxreject1 wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:14 pm
They are so scared to do anything else but pump and lump. In their minds, Haller and Antonio are the same, all they can see is there's a big lump of a target-man somewhere up the field, pump it and wipe their hands of any responsibility. After all, they can't be blamed if the ball is nowhere near them, right?
You must be watching a different game to me. We have more back passes and sideways stuff than a team managed by Wilkins and ****ing vinnie sideways
Clearly we must be watching different games. Leicester made 569
passes to our 273
and yet we registered 51
long balls to their 54
But wait, you say, we were so **** and under pressure that our defense had no choice but to hoof it and that inflated our numbers. Set aside the fact that we comfortably held out against them last season for 70+ minutes with 10 men away, and should have killed off the home game 3-1 had that Lucas Perez goal been correctly awarded. Games against Liecester have always been where we respected them but never feared them. Even in their title winning season, we should have won at their place had it not been that soft penalty at the end. So let's set that all aside let's look at our previous games.
Keep in mind, crosses are a different category entirely. This should make the following stats even grimmer reading.
long balls played by us, 59
VS. Sheffield United.
long balls from us, 76
from them. Scintillating football this.
long balls from us, 74
from them. Yes, it's the right way around, we did play more long balls than a League One side.
from us, 40
from Bournemouth. The only interesting fact is that Bournemouth were in a worst run than us, but they still didn't deviate from their ground game.
VS. Liecester "B".
from us to 59
VS. Crystal Palace.
from Palace and a whopping 70
from us. We are out-lumping and dumping a Roy Hodgson Palace side.
This was game where the comments after the match were along the lines of "..see, you dummy Pellerigini, play Antonio next to Haller and all our problems will be solved". I viewed the game differently, it was the game where Pellers finally threw his hands up and decided to dumb down our tactics and completely cut the midfield out of the equation on attack.
Remember, the game before was against one of the weakest Arsenal teams in a long time - and we went a goal up and had been comfortably in the first half, only to capitulated in the second half with 2-3 goals in a 15 min spell. Pepe ran through the middle with ease and Pelleringini must have decided that he could no longer trust the midfield anymore and had us playing back to front, bypassing the midfield entirely. Coincidently, it was also the last game where we had attempted less long balls(by volume) than our opponents.
It should come as no surprise that this(Southampton) was the game where we had 87
long balls attempted.