Alan Pardew Tactics – Straitjacket Removed
The record books will show consecutive 2-1 home wins but when it comes to the Alan Pardew tactics, I think we saw a massive shift which in my opinion is long overdue.
When things are going badly it is difficult to try anything a bit different and the natural leaning is to revert back to tried and tested methods & formations to try and get yourself out of trouble.
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Obviously we know our full-backs like to get forward but apart from maybe Cheick Tiote, the other five of the forward six were regularly interchanging during the match.
Shola was dropping back deep to get the ball and link up play, Sissoko & Gouffran were as likely to turn up in central positions as on the wing. While Remy is a naturally modern forward who will drag defenders around the pitch, Cabaye has license to press and get into positions where he can really hurt the opposition.
No surprise then to see Sissoko score the winner from a central position, or the West Brom keeper almost gifting a goal as his pass to a player ten yards outside the box saw him instantly pressurised by a number of our players and Myhill lucky to see a powerful shot (Debuchy I think?) straight at him.
What good movement does is make it so much harder for the opposition to stick to their pre-match plan of containment, it puts doubt in the visitors’ minds as to whether to follow the man they’re marking or protect an area.
For once we even had some decent movement on a corner! While the goal from a corner against Norwich was simply terrible defending and an opportunist Remy finish, Saturday’s opener saw Shola make a very good run across the front of their keeper which helped panic him into punching the ball straight up in the air, Gouffran doing the rest.
Against the better teams you might have to rein in a bit and adapt to suit the opposition.
However, when you are looking to break down teams such as Norwich, West Brom and some ten or eleven others, good movement and unpredictablity will be essential.
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