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    brady1993 reacted to Bris Vegas in Plan B needed or not?   
    We did have different options under Mac.
    Dawkins played certain games when there was more emphasis in keeping the ball in the final third.
    The rotation of Hendrick, Bryson and Hughes often to suit who we were playing, needing more physicality, guile or legs.
    The switch to 4-2-4 when chasing a goal.
    People just came out with this ridiculous plan B notion everytime we lost. In the Championship, you lose games... It’s natural.
    If plan A works to a sufficient degree, then you don’t need a plan B.
    And what do people expect? Throw a tall CB upfront and go longball for the last 10 mins - is that a plan B?
    If you want a team capable of playing possession football, counterattacking football and hoofball to the 6ft 5inch giants on a week-by-week basis then you need a squad of 60 players with different coaches for each - NFL style.
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    brady1993 got a reaction from reveldevil in Plan B needed or not?   
    What makes it even sillier is that he did have a plan B. It's just people overlook it because wasn't a distinct formation change. Plan A was to play through the centre and off Martin, plan B was to stretch the games out wide to the full backs. He made more than a few references to games being a "full back games". Hell it's almost certainly why he went and bought Christie and probably why he sought players who could act as deep lying playmakers.
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    brady1993 reacted to McLovin in Plan B needed or not?   
    Isn’t that a plan B though? We still got results despite Martin getting man marked because we had good players but against teams who don’t have that luxury and only have one or two standout players, it would be effective. For example against Brentford, if you stop Woods and Watkins, then you near enough prevent their whole way of playing from functioning 
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    brady1993 reacted to Alpha in Plan B needed or not?   
    I suppose it is.
    I just remember one game when all the "Plan B" cliche really kicked off.
    We lost to Leeds away at Elland Road. I think it was the game where Adryan did that ridiculous play act when Russell kicked a blade of grass at him.
    People went nuts online. "No plan B!!", "Insanity is doing the same thing..." and "Stop Martin and we haven't got a clue".
    When in truth we'd figured out early on in the game that Leeds were putting a man on Mascarell and were playing very narrow to stop any route down the middle. 
    All game long Russell and Forsyth were 2v2 on one flank and Cyrus and Icantremember were 2v2 on the other. All game they had only 1 man to beat each. 4 players against 4 of theirs. And they all 4 were terrible. Cyrus dawdling, Fozzy having a yard of space to cross and hitting it 10ft over the bar. Russell running into his man or out of play. 
    All the cry for no plan b and talk of us not knowing how to attack without Martin while completely ignoring that tactically we'd isolated the wings to get 1v1's and the wide players had wasted so many chances.
    Stuck in my mind that game because it was the most obvious visual proof that we had ways to adapt. I mean really obvious because Leeds were soooo narrow and we were stretched wide. 
    But it was 433 that got slated. 433 and sideways passing. 
    I guess the difference here is you'd call that a Plan B?
    If so then I agree with you. It's just I call it an adaption to a plan A. Style stays the same, system stays the same but the movement was totally different.  
    Certainly Lampard will have to prepare his system to work around teams that a deep and narrow or high and wide. That mark zonal or go man for man. That dedicate a striker to sit on our DM or that force us wide or down the middle. Or like what used to happen to Clement where they'd let Warnock, Shackell and Johnson have time on the ball but press others. 
    Whatever you call it I do agree that it has to be a system that can adapt. 
    Don't suppose it matters what you call it. 
    So long as it's not the factually incorrect "pointless sideways passing" and that quote that's wrongly credited to Einstein and isn't relevant at all to football. Some people love rewriting history and would argue that the sky is just part of the matrix.
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    brady1993 reacted to Alpha in Plan B needed or not?   
    Spot on.
    Game. Set. Match
    What was he meant to do? Keep Robert Huth and Peter Crouch under the stairs incase Rosler's Wigan (who got relegated because they didn't focus on their other 44 games) come to stop us passing.
    If a team sits 10 men behind the ball and are organised and concentrated then they'll be difficult to break down no matter how many plans you have. 
    Teams lose games. 
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    brady1993 got a reaction from reveldevil in Plan B needed or not?   
    What makes it even sillier is that he did have a plan B. It's just people overlook it because wasn't a distinct formation change. Plan A was to play through the centre and off Martin, plan B was to stretch the games out wide to the full backs. He made more than a few references to games being a "full back games". Hell it's almost certainly why he went and bought Christie and probably why he sought players who could act as deep lying playmakers.
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    brady1993 reacted to reveldevil in Plan B needed or not?   
    The manageable core bit is the most important now.
    We're carrying a squad numbers wise which is more suited to a champions league campaign than a championship one, I wouldn't like to see additions now without a decent number leaving the building, to use manager speak.
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    brady1993 got a reaction from reveldevil in Plan B needed or not?   
    But again that was one team. And it's hard to tell how much of that was them "figuring us out" or us just being off our game. 
    You can make tactical changes. You can even have other plans. But the more you do it and the more drastic the changes the more you risk disrupting the flow of your side and it can stifle you. Madrid can do it because they can afford to have a massive squad full of world class players that can adapt more readily to other styles of play. 
    We don't. 
    Personally I'd rather see us establish our identity and what we are about first and get the squad to a manageable core. 
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    brady1993 reacted to reveldevil in Plan B needed or not?   
    Another example of plan A done better, in the circumstances the game dictated.
    If anything Mac's way was more flexible than any plan B, because it didn't involve throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but a tactical change that all the players were already well versed in, and had trained for.
    Maybe a plan A.2?
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    brady1993 got a reaction from reveldevil in Plan B needed or not?   
    What makes it even sillier is that he did have a plan B. It's just people overlook it because wasn't a distinct formation change. Plan A was to play through the centre and off Martin, plan B was to stretch the games out wide to the full backs. He made more than a few references to games being a "full back games". Hell it's almost certainly why he went and bought Christie and probably why he sought players who could act as deep lying playmakers.
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    brady1993 reacted to cannable in Plan B needed or not?   
    Plan B is only a valid option if you’re a reactive team (which is why the criticism annoyed me so much under McClaren). We aren’t looking to be a reactive team.
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    brady1993 reacted to reveldevil in Plan B needed or not?   
    We need a plan B, cries every team's fans every time they fall to an unexpected defeat, or are held to a frustrating draw.
    Load of nonsense, Plan B can only ever be do Plan A better.
    Think about it logically, for a plan B to work it would have to be pretty much the opposite of Plan A. Let's say you're a pretty passing side, who keep possession, but the opposition bring everyone back behind the ball in an effort to frustrate you.
    Every training session you've done has been around keeping possession, movement and one or two touch passing, you've employed the players who can see that system work, but you've called up plan B, which is lump it long into the channels or the box, compete for knock-downs and build from there.
    Time constraints mean you haven't trained in this way, and even if training time was unlimited, why would you train in a system completely alien to the way you wish to play?
    Then you have the personnel issue, you've selected/recruited players to play one way, but have at most 3 subs to change to a different style of football, unless you have a super talented squad who can adapt, which at our level simply isn't feasible.
    Of course you can make changes in formation and the players you select to counter the opposition if need be, but I'd suggest these are tweaks to Plan A, not a Plan B.
    As a final thought, I'd suggest teams rarely found a way to stop us under Steve McClaren, he just lost the players, through injury to make his system work. He should have changed up Plan A to keep us on an even keel, but he was either unwilling to or didn't have the players to play another way.
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    brady1993 reacted to reveldevil in Summer Transfer Suggestion Thread 18/19   
    If we're going to play how we did today, I wouldn't be against keeping Butterfield as part of the squad, it looks ideal for him.
    I don't think we'll have as much need for Johnson with this style, but he could do a job for someone at this level.
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    brady1993 got a reaction from Zag zig in Unpopular opinions: Football but not DCFC   
    Mourinho is a spent force as a manager and is mostly riding off the coattails of what he has achieved in the past.
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    brady1993 reacted to Alpha in Jack Marriott   
    It's the sort of extortion we should have done with Hughes isn't it?
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    brady1993 got a reaction from therealhantsram in Bloated Squad?   
    Agreed but wouldn't surprise me with both of them if it's case the players wanting a fresh start.
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    brady1993 got a reaction from TigerTedd in First WOW factor signings for a good few years?   
    Minor correction Martin was our top scorer for three seasons running.
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    brady1993 got a reaction from McLovin in Ideal starting XI for Reading (A) - Discussion   
    Wouldn't surprise me if Ledley ended up being first choice for DM. His positional sense and his ability to read the game could be crucial for when the opposition break through the press. Lampard may fancy someone who is more a dedicated defensive midfielder and mostly looks to recycle position than a deep laying playmaker like Hudds.
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    brady1993 reacted to TigerTedd in First WOW factor signings for a good few years?   
    Martin: the most useless player to don the uniform. Top scorer 2 seasons running, including one where we were a Zamora away from promotion. 
    He may be useless now, that is something that can be debated, but your stdtfndbtvimplies he was always useless, which he blatantly wasn’t. 
    And comparisins to Hale are daft. Hale: free scoring at Charlton, we signed him, then all of a sudden, useless. 
    Martin: not exactly pulling trees up at Norwich, didn’t even massively impress in loan to us. Then signs and becomes top scorer two seasons running. But do go on about how it’s a clever comparison. 
    Its like you have a complete mental blank spot for any goals he ever scored. That sort of selective amnesia can be a symptom of something serious, you should probably get a check up. 
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    brady1993 reacted to cannable in Bloated Squad?   
    Lazy cliche 
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    brady1993 got a reaction from EnigmaRam in Bloated Squad?   
    Whilst you don't need them to both to be box to box you do need them to be mobile and able to cover ground especially if the your plan is aggressive press off the ball. A good example is obviously Hughes, who wasn't a box to box player but had the mobility to get around the park and provide energy in midfield. 
    I feel that if you set up with Hudds anywhere other than sat in front of the defence in that system, we'd look laboured and flat footed in midfield. 
    I agree that you don't won't both players bombing on but if you creator is playing one of the more advanced roles they are ideally someone more of the Hughes mould than Hudds. 
    On your final point, the truth is you don't fit them all into the same side. You pick who you feel who in combination gives the most to the team.
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    brady1993 got a reaction from McLovin in Matej Vydra   
    As well if you do play him with a big striker you have to find a way to accomadate him not really linking play and have to carry him off the ball a little bit. All of that plus he seemingly really can go off the boil and you have to think whether he's worth it.
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    brady1993 got a reaction from DcfcJack in Surely we ought to sell Vydra?   
    Firmino does a bit of both but primarily is role is drop short, offer that option to help transition into the final third and looking to link play together.
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    brady1993 got a reaction from JoeDerby in Bloated Squad?   
    Agreed. If we are going back to playing a more possession based style of play, then Johnson should be moved on. 
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    brady1993 got a reaction from JoeDerby in Bloated Squad?   
    In a 433 the only place Huddlestone can play is as the deeper lying central player. He just hasn't got the legs to be play in the other midfield spots. 
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