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Brendan Rodgers sound like Moyes did last season.
there's an increasing debate on how we rely on crossings so much...

just want to show some stats here..

according to Whoscored.com, 73% of our attacks come from crossing, the highest among big 4:
Chelsea: 68%
Arsenal: 68%
City: 72%

also 72% of our action zones (touches) come from our own defensive and middle third, the highest compared to:
Chelsea: 70%
Arsenal: 66%
City: 70%
this means we may not press enough (and implies that we often side pass or back pass)

and using statistics, Whoscored also list out each of the club's strength, this is where it gets interesting:
Chelsea, Arsenal and City all have strengths in "creating scoring opportunities", "creating chances using through balls" and "creating chances using individual skills". These are all indicators of attractive, attacking football.

We don't have any of those. Meanwhile, our attacking strengths are "attacking down the wings", "creating long shot opportunities", and "shooting from direct free kicks". Again these are indicators that our performance may be rather tepid.

perhaps all of us already know this... the stats here just to confirm that we indeed lack of individual skills and creativity in making chances through various means..
Old habits die hard. Our football has always been play down the wings and a couple of months won't be enough to change that.

Also Mata and Rooney do more backward passes then forward passes and they have been our number 10's for most of our games.
what is up with bale linking with united again??
did anybody notice Gerard slipping today ?

it is becoming a usual scene! lol
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So West Ham's tough schedule is about to begin just like how Southamptons tough schedule began a couple of weeks ago.

In their next 12 games West Ham will have to face: 2x Chelsea, 2x Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, United, Southampton, and Tottenham.
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bloodbath
Wow! There's six tough teams to play!
Luckily we do not lose ground against Arsenal this wk. I don't care about City and Chelsea this year. We are clearly not ready for the title yet. I hope the press and a section of our fans shut up about this so the players can concentrate on the myriad of problems in our play.

Yesterday was so frustrating. We play the first half and after the red card with 0 pace and penetration. Stretching play was good but it's not enough when you have players like Young (3/12) and Valencia (0/7) on the wings cross-and-hope.
This was one of the few games this season where our attack is strictly limited to crosses. Burnley and West Brom come to mind. We don't cross this much when we really dominated teams. Look at Hull and QPR. Coincidence?

Our attack went down the left wing most of the time before the red card, probably because LVG identifies the weakness of their inexperienced RWB, but Young does not know when to take on defenders and when to link-up play (triangulate, through ball, overlap). His technical skills are bad but his decision making and vision are even worse. How could we have relied our attack on him?

But this is when I get most critical. Not on Evans or Fletcher (who were both shite) but Mata. He is supposedly "our best CAM" and yesterday was played in his favored position but he was anon through out.
His passing was wayward (84%, only Young is worse) and mostly backward or out wide (0 key pass out of 51, lowest of all the starting midfielders, yes worse than Fletcher who played 45').
He was the one who should have given us penetration but attempted 1 through ball and failed. He also failed at pressing high up the pitch and this is what I have talked about the day before the game. I won't be surprise if he is dropped after this. I would rather give Januzaj his shot at CAM now.

My rant ends with LVG. This is the second time this season he has made a mess with his selection and subs (first being Burnley). Injuries are not an excuse cuz he has always had to make due with that in the previous games.
Wtf was he thinking starting Fletcher? The guy is fine when we need an extra defender and cold head to hold onto a lead, but to recycle possession and press!? With Herrera and Fellaini out we should have used Carrick in midfield since kick off. Surely LVG had forgotten about our first 3 games and how crap Fletcher was.

Obviously we played our best football after LVG sorted this out at half time. But he then shot himself in the foot with his subs. RVP was on form but subbed out.
ADM gave us the much needed direct running in the middle but then LVG moved him out left and he become anon. Against 10 men he could have exploited the HUGE space in front of Young and his marker every time the play is switched to the right wing.
(I believe this is also young Wilson's fault for not running enough in that space, since Falcao was always going to be the more central of the 2, but I will not be harsh on him because our MF failed to spot the few runs he did made.)

Finally I can't understand LVG instruction here. When playing against 11 I can see why we need to stretch play and end up with crosses. But why the heck did we still do that against 10?
Agbonlahor was not an attacker like Benteke but part of their first line of defense. Once he is off, there is bound to have gaps in that first line where we could play more through balls or run into.
The first one is between their WBs and CMs, who stay tight together but very centrally. The more obvious one is right in front of Young, between their LWB and CBs, who stay very tight together in the box and left a huge gap where ADM if still played in midfield could have run into, and where Mata should have played through balls into, since Young is completely unaware of that gap and incapable of playing a through ball.
Did our players not see that? Why LVG or Giggs not instruct them to attack that area instead of passing to Young to cross? Wilson is not a header type and Falcao was alone against 3 CBs ffs. Not to mention the accuracy of Young's crosses and the attitude of our players in the last 15 min with 0 pressing. UGH!

First time I was this frustrated since the Leicester game. End of rant.
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if di maria wasn't coming back from injury, i could imagine him in the CM spot with carrick, and rooney in the cam hole and subbing off mata. i was most frustrated with mata in the side despite how atrocious evans was at times, and how bad fletcher was the entire 45. that would be interesting to see.

just have to see how fit we can get di maria for the next few games. i would give him 30 vs newcastle and try and play him from the start vs spurs and squeeze 60 minutes from him.
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Yes agreed. Luckily the game has little consequence thanks to Skittle but why LVG didn't leave ADM in the middle at 1-1 I will never know. Obviously he changed his mind along with the last sub because I can see the coach giving instructions to ADM before coming in and pointed to the right side of the field, showing him where to make his run.
Great post man!

I fully agree Mata is not playing adventurous enough. He gets into good positions but then he takes too long to make the decisive pass or he just chooses the safe option.

Can't tell you how many times I've seen RVP make excellent runs and Mata failes to notice it, I'm starting to think he doesn't like Robin very much.

I wouldn't blame the players as much since the team's formation was shuffled with like 3 times since the break. We're just not ready yet to execute different formations and tactics.

These things take time and I'm fine with that but doesn't make it any less frustrating ofcourse :)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcq3JTohD64

he's no longer the same player, but this is what we are missing in defense. absolute tank, warrior, wall. dont see anyone who could legitimately fill his boots from when he was in this kind of form. no way benteke taking the ball down on his chest with vidic marking him
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lol @liverpool fans happy with a draw against arsenal at home after dominating the game.

i hope they had fun last season. them having the opportunity to have a laugh at us doesn't come often. just hope they treasured the moment cause i doubt they will have the chance again. we on the other hand...well lol
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well drawing last minute is better than losing
+1
People were giving us a hard time for being happy with a draw at home against Chelsea. Nothing wrong with being happy with salvaging a point, despite your other points.
Lol don't know what liverpool fan is happy at drawing that game. Was frustration more then anything
I am glad arsenal and Liverpool draw. I don't want neither of these two teams finishing top 4 this season at all. Not bad week for us tbh a point is better then zero. I have good feeling our rivals will draw this Friday. Glory manutd!
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you gotta see this! Involves Cr7 statue and his whatever LOL
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Lol, thats huge, i mean the statue
+1
why the hell did they give him such a huge bulge?
Reportedly Ronaldo was really excited about the erection of his statue. It's mainly a metal statue but apparently there's some wood in there too.

No doubt he faces stiff competition as "worst statue of the year" but it will be pretty damn hard to over come this one.

Maybe we should hold a pole?
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