It kind of reminds me of Baz Ball in cricket, where England only play one way - all out attack.
When it works it is amazing but sometimes all out attack has needlessly lost us wickets and matches when we were in winning positions.
Baz Ball however seems to have been refined a little bit from how it was, and whilst players look to attack, they also consider the game situation and reign it in a little bit when the circumstance call for a cool head.
We play Evatt ball - tippy tappy everywhere on the pitch - it looks wonderful when it comes off but dreadful when it doesn't - look at the goal we gave away today, playing tippy tappy in our own crowed penalty box and caught in possession on the edge of the 6 yard box.
I mean wtf???
We had two or three chances to clear the danger but no, play it around the opposition whilst in our own penalty area instead - madness.
How many goals have we conceded with Santos fannying about with the ball whilst being the last man, with Baxter out of his goals playing alongside him???
Now I'm all for Moneyball stats and all that but surely the one stat that should stick out is that the opposition don't score goals if our players stop losing the ball in front of goal whilst they are the last line of defence?
Someone simply should have booted the ball away - even concede a corner - rather than faff about trying to make passing triangles, in front of our goals, whilst the opposition had about half their team in our penalty box closing us down!
Like Baz Ball we have to refine our tippy tappy footballing philosophy to take account of the situation what we are in at the time.
It's not really rocket science is it?
We can't do much about having bad luck, or playing poor, having an off day, a player being injured or sent off, being pressed by the opposition and a hundred and one other things but one thing we can control is to boot the ball away when circumstance demand it - and today we easily could (and SHOULD) have done.
But we didn't and they scored a very soft goal indeed.
Take away that one moment of madness (which we often seem to have) then I'm sure we would be looking at the game completely differently.
We would moan we didn't play well, Thomason is a booking / sending off waiting to happen, Adebayo isn't worth his place now, and a whole lot of other stuff but we would be leaving with a clean sheet and maybe even a lucky (and undeserved) win.
We simply can't continue to play tippy tappy stuff when the circumstance simply don't favour it.
As the saying goes 'pride goes before a fall' - or in other words, swallow our pride of tippy tappy and play safe when the circumstances demands it rather than keep on playing it and end up being yet another goal down for doing so!
Play tippy tappy but use your brains not to do when required.