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Strange tactic

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:44 pm
by slideking
Dons v Bristol Rovers. One nil down. Late in added time we get a corner. All our outfield players pour into their box, except Deano who is left on his own in the centre circle. How can it be that in this circumstance, one of our best headers of the ball and one of our physically strongest, is left to defend a counterattack when he is also by far our slowest player. This absurd tactical ploy happens frequently when we have a corner, and makes me wonder if the management team is all Pete is cracking it up to be. Or am I missing something?

Re: Strange tactic

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:50 pm
by MKDF
One example of many my friend. Plenty from which to select.

Re: Strange tactic

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:13 pm
by slideking
Indeed.
If for statistical purposes you include the Coventry cup game, Micciche has garnered 2 points from his 8 matches in charge. This rate of accrual translates into a total of fewer than 12 points for an entire season. The lowest ever for the third tier is Cambridge, with 21 points in the 1984/5 season. I think it would be reasonable to draw conclusions from these figures, particularly as Micciche has had a run of games against less challenging opposition, and taking into account the new manager bounce factor. Is there anyone out there now who thinks we will not go down? I can't remember a worse mood around the club. I will be back next season regardless, but I think Robbie Nielson has a lot to answer for.

Re: Strange tactic

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:32 pm
by LinsladeDon
slideking wrote:Dons v Bristol Rovers. One nil down. Late in added time we get a corner. All our outfield players pour into their box, except Deano who is left on his own in the centre circle. How can it be that in this circumstance, one of our best headers of the ball and one of our physically strongest, is left to defend a counterattack when he is also by far our slowest player. This absurd tactical ploy happens frequently when we have a corner, and makes me wonder if the management team is all Pete is cracking it up to be. Or am I missing something?


What you say is absolutely correct and was so obvious I heard others make remarks about it. But there is another slant to your comment, Lewie is our captain and should be making decisions on the field of play - why didn't he direct operations and put himself in the penalty box?

Re: Strange tactic

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:42 pm
by ACDon
slideking wrote:Dons v Bristol Rovers. One nil down. Late in added time we get a corner. All our outfield players pour into their box, except Deano who is left on his own in the centre circle. How can it be that in this circumstance, one of our best headers of the ball and one of our physically strongest, is left to defend a counterattack when he is also by far our slowest player. This absurd tactical ploy happens frequently when we have a corner, and makes me wonder if the management team is all Pete is cracking it up to be. Or am I missing something?



Yes, I also commented on that, surely for corners and set pieces, Lewie and Wooton should be key men in the opponents 18 yard box. Also did anyone else notice that Lee Nicholls wanted to go up for that corner kick in the last 15 seconds of the game but his pleas fell on death ears, in desperate situations like that anything is worth trying, just ask Jimmy Glass and Carlisle fans.

Just one other thing, I think there is another player in our team who is head and shoulders in front of Lewie when it comes to being the team's slowest player. No prizes for naming him, but I think he would be very useful in a walking football side.

Re: Strange tactic

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:33 am
by MKDF
slideking wrote:Indeed.
If for statistical purposes you include the Coventry cup game, Micciche has garnered 2 points from his 8 matches in charge. This rate of accrual translates into a total of fewer than 12 points for an entire season. The lowest ever for the third tier is Cambridge, with 21 points in the 1984/5 season. I think it would be reasonable to draw conclusions from these figures, particularly as Micciche has had a run of games against less challenging opposition, and taking into account the new manager bounce factor. Is there anyone out there now who thinks we will not go down? I can't remember a worse mood around the club. I will be back next season regardless, but I think Robbie Nielson has a lot to answer for.


I think if feels good to blame one individual. The fault will be spread much more widely no doubt. However, like DM now, you need the leader to have the wherewithal and skill to take the team on. Sadly the reverse has been happening since January 2016 in the championship.

Re: Strange tactic

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:34 pm
by slideking
MKDF wrote:
slideking wrote:Indeed.
If for statistical purposes you include the Coventry cup game, Micciche has garnered 2 points from his 8 matches in charge. This rate of accrual translates into a total of fewer than 12 points for an entire season. The lowest ever for the third tier is Cambridge, with 21 points in the 1984/5 season. I think it would be reasonable to draw conclusions from these figures, particularly as Micciche has had a run of games against less challenging opposition, and taking into account the new manager bounce factor. Is there anyone out there now who thinks we will not go down? I can't remember a worse mood around the club. I will be back next season regardless, but I think Robbie Nielson has a lot to answer for.


I think if feels good to blame one individual. The fault will be spread much more widely no doubt. However, like DM now, you need the leader to have the wherewithal and skill to take the team on. Sadly the reverse has been happening since January 2016 in the championship.


I normally hesitate to blame one individual - I for one wanted to keep Karl on for longer than we did. However, Robbie had a whole year to get things together. He brought in his own entire management team. He brought players into the club who are manifestly not league one standard, this despite having, as was confirmed by Andy Cullen at the fan evening, a top third budget. The team was never more than the sum of its parts. Then there was the Deano debacle. This is not a personal criticism, I don't know the bloke, I just think he was not up to the job, with potentially disastrous consequences for the club.

Re: Strange tactic

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:04 pm
by Furzdonny
Robbie tried his best but didn't succeed, while Dan has a chance. I would prefer Lewie to be challenging for the ball at corners and keep back the wing backs, although George is good in the air, so probably Callum Brittain is a better choice. So far this hasn't resulted in a goal against us, but it may do.