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I see things a little differently.
People are saying we are poor at the moment, and I would agree. But I only think we are poor now that WE HAVE changed the system to suit the cry babies who said it wasn't working before.
I maintain that whilst we were not always getting the result a few matches ago, we were dazzling to watch and only a few bits of bad luck (hitting post, losing to deflected goals, getting multiple injuries) from having many more points.
I think that we have gone down hill since we started playing far more long ball, keeping less possession and trying to get forward quicker, and keep it tighter at the back. Can you not see that change that has taken place for about 4 or more matches now?
Easy examples. At kick off, early in the season, we would make 5, 10, 15 passes, even going back to the keeper before the other team would even have a chance of trying to get the ball. Now, every kick off is 2 passes followed by a long ball.
Defensively, our full backs should never, ever simply clear the ball or kick out for a throw. Safety first was not in our vocabulary. We would play out, and again, even passing between the defenders and the keeper. Now, when under pressure, we generally clear it.
Keeper now takes long goal kicks and drop kicks.
We take less quick free kicks.
We cross free kicks long into the box, even if its back near half way, this never happened before.
We cross earlier when down the wing, with less intricate play. Unfortunately this change coincides with our worst run of results.