Gary Liddle tells fans: Expect a different approach from new-look Bradford City

Gary Liddle, centre, reckons the new faces will herald a fresh approach from the Bantams

Gary Liddle, centre, reckons the new faces will herald a fresh approach from the Bantams

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GARY Liddle has predicted a change in style from the new-look Bradford City next season.

Phil Parkinson's squad has been transformed over the summer, with more arrivals set to follow before the Coventry opener on August 9.

The biggest revamp is in midfield, where all four of 2013's promotion winners – Gary Jones, Nathan Doyle, Garry Thompson and Kyel Reid – have moved on.

Liddle will form the team's new 'engine room' with Billy Knott and Matty Dolan and he has promised a shift to a more passing philosophy for the fans – although they will still mix it when required.

He said: "We've all been brought up in an academy, either at Sunderland or Middlesbrough, and learned the technical side of the game. So the fans can expect a different style of football.

"But having played in Leagues One and Two as we have done for most of our careers, we've learned the other side of the game as well if needs be.

"That's what pre-season is for with new players bedding in, especially in that midfield area.

"We've got a whole new midfield and we'll need that time to get to know each other's games and hopefully things will work out.

"I don't think there's any real pressure on us. The squad is a little bit thin on the ground in areas and the manager has made no secret he does want to bring a few more players in.

"It's just about being competitive. The trip to Ireland next week will help bring us a lot closer."

Liddle, the obvious replacement for Doyle in the holding role, was instrumental in Notts County's survival fight last term. He insists City have no cause for concern over the ankle injury which sidelined him for a couple of months.

The 28-year-old said: "It's perfectly fine now. I was out from December to the end of February but played the last 15 games of the season and didn't miss a single minute of them.

"I'm not one to get injured too often and I've played a lot of games. I made my Hartlepool debut when I was 19 and that's the longest I've been out.

"I'm very lucky with injuries and hopefully I can carry that on."

Liddle, who spent six years with Hartlepool before moving to Meadow Lane in 2012, has made a smooth transition to West Yorkshire thanks to City's Middlesbrough mafia.

The former Boro youngster said: "It's strange because I obviously grew up with a lot of these players.

"The first few days are normally quite nervous when you're coming into a football club but I knew a number of the current squad members from my time with Middlesbrough's youth team.

"I knew Dava (Andrew Davies), Matty Dolan, Jason Kennedy and the fitness coach Nick Allamby and obviously Sheez (Alan Sheehan), who I've played with for the last two years.

"It's a massive help when you know nearly half the squad and we've carried each other through so far."

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8:11am Wed 9 Jul 14

Gary David says...

It's going to be just like watching Brazil....oh wait a minute
It's going to be just like watching Brazil....oh wait a minute Gary David
  • Score: 25

8:23am Wed 9 Jul 14

albioff says...

a different side new season. does that mean they will turn up for most games this time apart from in the pages of the t&a.
a different side new season. does that mean they will turn up for most games this time apart from in the pages of the t&a. albioff
  • Score: -29

8:42am Wed 9 Jul 14

citygent7 says...

albioff wrote:
a different side new season. does that mean they will turn up for most games this time apart from in the pages of the t&a.
Moaning already .
[quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: a different side new season. does that mean they will turn up for most games this time apart from in the pages of the t&a.[/p][/quote]Moaning already . citygent7
  • Score: 16

8:54am Wed 9 Jul 14

Victor Clayton says...

Good
Good Victor Clayton
  • Score: 2

10:34am Wed 9 Jul 14

lawsonio123 says...

Gary David wrote:
It's going to be just like watching Brazil....oh wait a minute
Good Lord Gary Please don't say that they lost 7-1 that would have us all weeping
[quote][p][bold]Gary David[/bold] wrote: It's going to be just like watching Brazil....oh wait a minute[/p][/quote]Good Lord Gary Please don't say that they lost 7-1 that would have us all weeping lawsonio123
  • Score: -12

10:58am Wed 9 Jul 14

Bradford Lad BD9 says...

Here we go again players comming out talking before a ball has been kicked
Here we go again players comming out talking before a ball has been kicked Bradford Lad BD9
  • Score: -9

11:08am Wed 9 Jul 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

Bradford Lad BD9 wrote:
Here we go again players comming out talking before a ball has been kicked
Oh eee oh, it's tragic
You know
The number of City 'fans'
Who just moan
They grunt
And groan
Never positives, just moans
[quote][p][bold]Bradford Lad BD9[/bold] wrote: Here we go again players comming out talking before a ball has been kicked[/p][/quote]Oh eee oh, it's tragic You know The number of City 'fans' Who just moan They grunt And groan Never positives, just moans moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 5

11:09am Wed 9 Jul 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

Bradford Lad BD9 wrote:
Here we go again players comming out talking before a ball has been kicked
And here's you'comming' out with moans before a ball has been kicked.
[quote][p][bold]Bradford Lad BD9[/bold] wrote: Here we go again players comming out talking before a ball has been kicked[/p][/quote]And here's you'comming' out with moans before a ball has been kicked. moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 8

12:22pm Wed 9 Jul 14

TheCoach says...

moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote:
Bradford Lad BD9 wrote: Here we go again players comming out talking before a ball has been kicked
And here's you'comming' out with moans before a ball has been kicked.
My sentiments exactly, it's quite refreshing to here players talk about playing an attractive style of play. Nobady saying we're going to win the league.

Most of this lot would moan if we had a billionaire investor who brought Messi & Ronaldo to the club. I can see the posts now......

Bradford Lad BD9 says...

Can't belive we signed these two, what is Jose thinking of, Messi has never done it on the world stage & Ronaldo uses too much hair gel for this Bradford Lad,,, sack the board!!!!
[quote][p][bold]moanmoanwhingewhinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bradford Lad BD9[/bold] wrote: Here we go again players comming out talking before a ball has been kicked[/p][/quote]And here's you'comming' out with moans before a ball has been kicked.[/p][/quote]My sentiments exactly, it's quite refreshing to here players talk about playing an attractive style of play. Nobady saying we're going to win the league. Most of this lot would moan if we had a billionaire investor who brought Messi & Ronaldo to the club. I can see the posts now...... Bradford Lad BD9 says... Can't belive we signed these two, what is Jose thinking of, Messi has never done it on the world stage & Ronaldo uses too much hair gel for this Bradford Lad,,, sack the board!!!! TheCoach
  • Score: 9

1:21pm Wed 9 Jul 14

ever the optimist says...

If players came out and said things like we will try are best and see how it goes people would moan. Players need to come out and talk up there game and that of the team, if your not confident before the start of the season then what is the point? If it were a relegation battle at the end of the season and players were bugging themselves up, people on here then have a right to moan about it. But until then bradford city are the best and we will win the league :-)
If players came out and said things like we will try are best and see how it goes people would moan. Players need to come out and talk up there game and that of the team, if your not confident before the start of the season then what is the point? If it were a relegation battle at the end of the season and players were bugging themselves up, people on here then have a right to moan about it. But until then bradford city are the best and we will win the league :-) ever the optimist
  • Score: 5

2:30pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Pablo says...

I wonder if Gary has told PP about these new tactics for next season?
I wonder if Gary has told PP about these new tactics for next season? Pablo
  • Score: -3

2:32pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Nickloza says...

Bradford Lad BD9 wrote:
Here we go again players comming out talking before a ball has been kicked
Just out of curiosity, what would you expect a player to do in a newspaper interview?
[quote][p][bold]Bradford Lad BD9[/bold] wrote: Here we go again players comming out talking before a ball has been kicked[/p][/quote]Just out of curiosity, what would you expect a player to do in a newspaper interview? Nickloza
  • Score: 14

4:22pm Wed 9 Jul 14

bantam34 says...

Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............
Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............ bantam34
  • Score: -3

4:38pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Nickloza wrote:
Bradford Lad BD9 wrote:
Here we go again players comming out talking before a ball has been kicked
Just out of curiosity, what would you expect a player to do in a newspaper interview?
Exactly.
[quote][p][bold]Nickloza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bradford Lad BD9[/bold] wrote: Here we go again players comming out talking before a ball has been kicked[/p][/quote]Just out of curiosity, what would you expect a player to do in a newspaper interview?[/p][/quote]Exactly. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 2

8:32pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Statler4 says...

bantam34 wrote:
Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............
You greatly underestimate James Hanson.
[quote][p][bold]bantam34[/bold] wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............[/p][/quote]You greatly underestimate James Hanson. Statler4
  • Score: 0

8:15am Thu 10 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

Statler4 wrote:
bantam34 wrote:
Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............
You greatly underestimate James Hanson.
Hanson has been deployed as a target man. That does not necessarily mean that he cannot play with the ball at his feet.
[quote][p][bold]Statler4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bantam34[/bold] wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............[/p][/quote]You greatly underestimate James Hanson.[/p][/quote]Hanson has been deployed as a target man. That does not necessarily mean that he cannot play with the ball at his feet. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -3

8:58am Thu 10 Jul 14

dannbradfc says...

If parky can change the style of play and be more attacking and still get results then he will deserve all the plaudits he gets. So many managers have one method/philosphy of playing and invariably stick with it throughout their careers. Ultimate respect to Parky if he can effect this change. Particularly with all the comings and goings, budgets and such.....ultimately its results first then if you can entertain as well then fantastic. We've a good platform in defence when all are fit so don't over protect them.....attack attack attack ;-)
If parky can change the style of play and be more attacking and still get results then he will deserve all the plaudits he gets. So many managers have one method/philosphy of playing and invariably stick with it throughout their careers. Ultimate respect to Parky if he can effect this change. Particularly with all the comings and goings, budgets and such.....ultimately its results first then if you can entertain as well then fantastic. We've a good platform in defence when all are fit so don't over protect them.....attack attack attack ;-) dannbradfc
  • Score: 0

9:34am Thu 10 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

dannbradfc wrote:
If parky can change the style of play and be more attacking and still get results then he will deserve all the plaudits he gets. So many managers have one method/philosphy of playing and invariably stick with it throughout their careers. Ultimate respect to Parky if he can effect this change. Particularly with all the comings and goings, budgets and such.....ultimately its results first then if you can entertain as well then fantastic. We've a good platform in defence when all are fit so don't over protect them.....attack attack attack ;-)
Last season, we were guilty of setting our sights too high.

Once the tidal wave subsided, it became obvious that Parky had no option other than to grind it out.

What is now encouraging is that the back four (i.e. the platform) seems to be in place.

It is going to be very interesting to see what happens this time around.
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: If parky can change the style of play and be more attacking and still get results then he will deserve all the plaudits he gets. So many managers have one method/philosphy of playing and invariably stick with it throughout their careers. Ultimate respect to Parky if he can effect this change. Particularly with all the comings and goings, budgets and such.....ultimately its results first then if you can entertain as well then fantastic. We've a good platform in defence when all are fit so don't over protect them.....attack attack attack ;-)[/p][/quote]Last season, we were guilty of setting our sights too high. Once the tidal wave subsided, it became obvious that Parky had no option other than to grind it out. What is now encouraging is that the back four (i.e. the platform) seems to be in place. It is going to be very interesting to see what happens this time around. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -2

1:06pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Victor Clayton says...

bantam34 wrote:
Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............
i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.
[quote][p][bold]bantam34[/bold] wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............[/p][/quote]i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 0

1:41pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
bantam34 wrote:
Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............
i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.
I don't understand your game-plan.

If you are saying that he will be less suited, then (rather like a fish out of water) how can be expected to be effective as an impact player?

You talk about CM getting into the opposition box. So having achieved that, from what part of the field will the ball eventually reach his head?
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bantam34[/bold] wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............[/p][/quote]i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.[/p][/quote]I don't understand your game-plan. If you are saying that he will be less suited, then (rather like a fish out of water) how can be expected to be effective as an impact player? You talk about CM getting into the opposition box. So having achieved that, from what part of the field will the ball eventually reach his head? Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

1:41pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Victor Clayton says...

Statler4 wrote:
bantam34 wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............
You greatly underestimate James Hanson.
in what way?
[quote][p][bold]Statler4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bantam34[/bold] wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............[/p][/quote]You greatly underestimate James Hanson.[/p][/quote]in what way? Victor Clayton
  • Score: 0

2:28pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
bantam34 wrote:
Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............
i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.
The other point you make is about the defence pushing out a bit. I do not know why you are making this assumption. In teams that i have played in(albeit, not vey good ones) and matches I have observed, 'footballing' sides tend to sit deep whilst more direct teams seem to push out in the nature of their kick-and-rush style.
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bantam34[/bold] wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............[/p][/quote]i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.[/p][/quote]The other point you make is about the defence pushing out a bit. I do not know why you are making this assumption. In teams that i have played in(albeit, not vey good ones) and matches I have observed, 'footballing' sides tend to sit deep whilst more direct teams seem to push out in the nature of their kick-and-rush style. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

5:15pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Victor Clayton says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
bantam34 wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............
i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.
The other point you make is about the defence pushing out a bit. I do not know why you are making this assumption. In teams that i have played in(albeit, not vey good ones) and matches I have observed, 'footballing' sides tend to sit deep whilst more direct teams seem to push out in the nature of their kick-and-rush style.
not sure what you mean about my assumption. but anyway, I hope that our defence (without being silly) pushes out to play in the gap that Doyle would have been in.
I agree that teams that play the long ball tend to get forward. but in my humble opinion, we did play the long ball last season but we did not get forward quickley. mostly having only 2 player in the box.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bantam34[/bold] wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............[/p][/quote]i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.[/p][/quote]The other point you make is about the defence pushing out a bit. I do not know why you are making this assumption. In teams that i have played in(albeit, not vey good ones) and matches I have observed, 'footballing' sides tend to sit deep whilst more direct teams seem to push out in the nature of their kick-and-rush style.[/p][/quote]not sure what you mean about my assumption. but anyway, I hope that our defence (without being silly) pushes out to play in the gap that Doyle would have been in. I agree that teams that play the long ball tend to get forward. but in my humble opinion, we did play the long ball last season but we did not get forward quickley. mostly having only 2 player in the box. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 1

7:58pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Victor Clayton says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
bantam34 wrote:
Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............
i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.
I don't understand your game-plan.

If you are saying that he will be less suited, then (rather like a fish out of water) how can be expected to be effective as an impact player?

You talk about CM getting into the opposition box. So having achieved that, from what part of the field will the ball eventually reach his head?
Re impact player. If the cm are getting in the box the crosses could come from the any of the other 6out field players, wingers for example. Btw I am not saying he should not start any games.

I don't understand what you are asking me in the rest of your post.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bantam34[/bold] wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............[/p][/quote]i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.[/p][/quote]I don't understand your game-plan. If you are saying that he will be less suited, then (rather like a fish out of water) how can be expected to be effective as an impact player? You talk about CM getting into the opposition box. So having achieved that, from what part of the field will the ball eventually reach his head?[/p][/quote]Re impact player. If the cm are getting in the box the crosses could come from the any of the other 6out field players, wingers for example. Btw I am not saying he should not start any games. I don't understand what you are asking me in the rest of your post. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 1

8:08am Fri 11 Jul 14

Michael Clayton says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
bantam34 wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............
i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.
The other point you make is about the defence pushing out a bit. I do not know why you are making this assumption. In teams that i have played in(albeit, not vey good ones) and matches I have observed, 'footballing' sides tend to sit deep whilst more direct teams seem to push out in the nature of their kick-and-rush style.
not sure what you mean about my assumption. but anyway, I hope that our defence (without being silly) pushes out to play in the gap that Doyle would have been in.
I agree that teams that play the long ball tend to get forward. but in my humble opinion, we did play the long ball last season but we did not get forward quickley. mostly having only 2 player in the box.
To correct my choice of word, your 'hope' (rather than 'assumption') that the defence pushes out to fill the gap vacated by Doyle.
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bantam34[/bold] wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............[/p][/quote]i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.[/p][/quote]The other point you make is about the defence pushing out a bit. I do not know why you are making this assumption. In teams that i have played in(albeit, not vey good ones) and matches I have observed, 'footballing' sides tend to sit deep whilst more direct teams seem to push out in the nature of their kick-and-rush style.[/p][/quote]not sure what you mean about my assumption. but anyway, I hope that our defence (without being silly) pushes out to play in the gap that Doyle would have been in. I agree that teams that play the long ball tend to get forward. but in my humble opinion, we did play the long ball last season but we did not get forward quickley. mostly having only 2 player in the box.[/p][/quote]To correct my choice of word, your 'hope' (rather than 'assumption') that the defence pushes out to fill the gap vacated by Doyle. Michael Clayton
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Victor Clayton wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
bantam34 wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............
i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.
The other point you make is about the defence pushing out a bit. I do not know why you are making this assumption. In teams that i have played in(albeit, not vey good ones) and matches I have observed, 'footballing' sides tend to sit deep whilst more direct teams seem to push out in the nature of their kick-and-rush style.
not sure what you mean about my assumption. but anyway, I hope that our defence (without being silly) pushes out to play in the gap that Doyle would have been in.
I agree that teams that play the long ball tend to get forward. but in my humble opinion, we did play the long ball last season but we did not get forward quickley. mostly having only 2 player in the box.
To correct my choice of word, your 'hope' (rather than 'assumption') that the defence pushes out to fill the gap vacated by Doyle.
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bantam34[/bold] wrote: Im just not sure how we can play this 'passing game' with Hanson in the team, when we play with Hanson he is a target man and thus lead to long balls being hoofed up the pitch hoping for a heased knock on to Mclean......if we are to adopt a passing game where does this leave Hanson? understand the importance of Hanson to the team with his hold up play and defensive qualities however im just putting the question out there............[/p][/quote]i think you make a very legitimate point. I dont think JH is suited to the passing game either. hopefully with 3 senior strikers PP has options to change our stlye to suit. maybe be won't play every game and will be used as an impact player more. however, I hope that in the new season we shall see the defence pushing out a bit and a younger central midfield getting into the opposition box, thereby making JH knock downs very useful.[/p][/quote]The other point you make is about the defence pushing out a bit. I do not know why you are making this assumption. In teams that i have played in(albeit, not vey good ones) and matches I have observed, 'footballing' sides tend to sit deep whilst more direct teams seem to push out in the nature of their kick-and-rush style.[/p][/quote]not sure what you mean about my assumption. but anyway, I hope that our defence (without being silly) pushes out to play in the gap that Doyle would have been in. I agree that teams that play the long ball tend to get forward. but in my humble opinion, we did play the long ball last season but we did not get forward quickley. mostly having only 2 player in the box.[/p][/quote]To correct my choice of word, your 'hope' (rather than 'assumption') that the defence pushes out to fill the gap vacated by Doyle. Michael Clayton
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