Blog: StAn's Fans 06/08/14
At times last season, it did look as though Clark had plucked out formation ideas as easily and randomly as nostril hair, but where exactly did he go wrong? (Even as a member of the Lee Clark fan club, formations by Clark were as unpredictable as the order of prime numbers.) 4-3-2-1, 4-4-2, 4-5-1; all sound like a bingo game where the caller has short term memory loss. The topic of formations seems to linger like a bad smell, so I thought I`d tackle it even harder than one of Robbo`s full blooded challenges.
Some fans adopt what I call, "Table Football Tactics." (Not the snappiest title, but does what it says on the tin!) One tactic per match; players in perfect rows. If you want neat rows that don`t move much, I recommend a garden centre flower show, not a football match. This is about as flexible as Boris Johnson doing gymnastics, but certainly not as entertaining! These people are also the ones that think it`s exhilarating to have one tactic away and one at home, no matter who you`re playing. Due to this, it`s about as pointless as an IQ test for George W. Bush. These are probably the same people that watch Strictly Come Dancing and listen to Abba. The "Play one way at home and one way away" argument, I find tedious. Every game, pure and simply, you have to do one thing. Score more goals than your opponent. (This won`t quite guarantee me a Nobel Prize, but I`m pretty close!) Due to this, why don`t teams play five at the back when we`re defending, with one versatile player to join the attack upon attacking, as well as the full backs? If Dirk Kuyt can adapt as a fifth defender, then surely we have players such as Hancox, who would thrive under this formation. Our formation last season was as rigid as the incredible Hulk! But then again, would you have trusted Blackett to push up the pitch?
I personally take the "Muhammad Ali" approach. He has one tactic to defend, and one to attack. He has to use both in order to be successful. But this tactic is changed depending on whether it`s against Sugar Ray, or an inanimate wooden plank. For the blues, a few key formations are needed to be learnt, so that they can adapt to the opponent. Ali may have summed up our last season as; 'we plummeted like a dead butterfly and stung like a disabled bee` and he wouldn`t be wrong. But what do you think Big Lee will do? It seems he (wrongly) opposes my view, opting for 4-3-2-1 away, no matter the opponent. If you want 0-0 draws, then it`s fine. But having a lone striker, whether it be Thomas, Donaldson or Novak, will get you as many points as a saints driving license. Do you agree with me, him or have your own view?
From the start of the season, I shall be doing weekly blogs from a fans point of view of going to matches, the feelings plus my opinion on each and every game. Just to show how brilliant us Bluenoses are!
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