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The Shock Tactic......

So it all started over a friendly conversation on Facebook. Sasman and SoCal Rover discussing a few issues about our beloved club. Then, something struck our minds...

Too many times, we have been too predictable in our football this season. Long ball up the pitch to Kalinic or Roberts, with Dunny and Andrews attempting to pounce of the first touch. This has been the key in many games against teams around the same level as us. At times it has worked, other times, the opposition just managed to flood the box, similar to what we do....

Now the Shock Tactic....

Hear us out!

With the emergence of Phil Jones, Hanley and the ever present Gael Givet, it leaves us with 5 solid central defenders once we add in The Admiral and the Wall of Congo. The performances of Phil Jones prove to me that he deserves a first team spot. Though who must make way?

After discussion with dear pal SoCal Rover, the thought came to mind, why not return Chris Samba as a make shift forward, in the games where Allardyce indeed does deploy the long ball tactics. Imagine the panic and effect the Wall of Congo has on the unexpecting opposition defence. With the range of strikers on the market either over priced, or not any better then what we have, why waste the little funds we have, when the solution could be hovering within our squad.

Now dont get me wrong, its not the tactic for 38 games a year, more so against the teams like Birmingham, Stoke, Fulham and co, teams who will camp their defence when we do deploy the long ball tactics. Samba could prove to be the thorn in their defence, allowing Kalinic and Dunn to run off the big man...

Crazy, not really, Sam did deploy this as an emergency tactic, but it might just be something worth looking into again!!

The debate will continue, but why not!!

Sasman and SoCal Rover!

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Writer: Sasman! Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 19 2010

Time: 4:30AM

Your Comments

I like how I'm getting credit for this. At least my name is on something, even if it's a cockamamie idea. It would confine us to pure Route 1 football and remove the need for any crossing not done on set pieces. We would need 4 straight-ahead midfielders and we would find out whether or not Kalinic has the finisher's instinct. We can call the plan Jason Roberts 2.0
SoCal Rover
Actually, we probably would be even more dangerous with the likes of Gamst, Olsson and Emerton putting in crosses for the big man. Jason Roberts 2.0 lol love it!
sasman
Hey if it allows us to mix things up from time to time then hey why not?! It wouldnt be something I would advocate a lot of and I wouldnt feel too good about both youngsters playing in the same heart of the defence. But if it causes panic from time to time then why not?
Mikey Delap
i hate to be the negative on here, but with up and coming centre of the park (Hanley, Jones, N'zonzi, Linganzi), why would we feel the need to teach them that the long ball is mainly the right answer! I think nows the time to develop their skills and more time on the ball in real match situations is only going to improve their confidence, rather than hoofing the ball over their head and playing the fingers crossed game at front! Personally, i think its a good idea to stick samba up front in the last 10 minutes or so if we need a goal and our creativity hasn't worked, but lets give our boys time to progress and learn how to build up play properly! Just because we are long ball now, doesn't mean its a long ball future!!!
Goneroverboard
Got to agree with GRB. now is the time to kick on from the hit and hope period, we have players who can play so why not use them. It could be something that could work for us in the last 10mins but wouldn't want to see it being used for sustained periods of time. Especially when Samba was playing so well at the back end of the season in defence!
bennipoo
guys, (and gals sorry benni), not saying its a tactic which we shall use all the time, but, we arent filled with a team of messi's, against a team like stoke and brum, teams who will try to do a blackburn and stiffen up their defence, it might just be an option!
sasman
A lot of our game is based around getting the ball into key areas of the pitch as often as we can, this tactic is useful when chasing a game IMO...
Mikey Delap
To be honest I would much prefer using Samba in set pieces and I think Jones is a good replacement for Nelsen who will only get slower in the coming seasons. If we wanna progress into the top 6-8 again we need goalscorers up front not just a lone striker chasing long balls.
ITSALLROVER
last 10 and needing a result, why not. would love to see it with Kalinic at Sambas feet
retroflair31
we are trying to get rid of this long ball lark.. not encorage it! this would leave the likes of Olsson, Hoilett, N'Zonzi with nothing to do.. if all we do is lump it forward..
rover23
last 10 mins fair enough... but i dont want it all the time..
rover23
Alright we'll do a compromise... 25 minutes!!! ha ha
Mikey Delap
 

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