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    Leave Lua Lua up when defending?


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    I'm not a fan of the 11 men behind the ball when we defend. If it's in the last couple of minutes of a really important match then fine but this has become too much of a habit often with still 20 minutes or so before the end. Isn't it too defensive?

    Why not leave an outlet, someone with some pace, like Lua Lua, on the half way line or near it, who can then break? It would mean we'd increase our chances of grabbing another goal, the opposition would have to leave 2 men back and it'd ease the pressure of numbers against our defence.

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      I agree to an extent. Something that really frustrates me about our play is that when we're on a break
      - it often just gets deliberately slowed down by our player for some reason - giving the opposition defence
      time to get back. We don't make enough of our chances that way.
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      Forget the exaxt Blackburn move, but seem to recall in the first half how good - and effective - Kaz was at tracking back. Whatever the club has done to him over the Summer, it's like having a whole new player.
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      O'Grady is good ar holding up
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      Great to see Lua Lua getting 90 minutes these days. Not sure if it is more trust from the manager or improved fitness or some other reason, but with him on the pitch the game is much better to watch.

      Regarding his defending, I would not put him on the halfway line, I would have him somewhere where he can get the ball to feet when we clear. If he can get the ball and run at the defenders from deep then he can take the pressure off and draw a foul/card. Getting him chasing a long ball might work but it isn't what he does best in my opinion. Kind of a Gary Hart with stepovers.

      Houghton seems to prefer a "if we defend we all defend" ethos. I'll defer to him at the moment as it has worked OK so far.
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      Based on Blackburn's performance of launching almost every ball/throw in in and around our area perhaps it was a tactical move. You would think they'd put a lot of work in on the training ground on dead ball situations if they play like that all the time so maybe best to man mark every player just in case they try to spring a surprise.
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      COG is the best man to leave up in a backs to wall situation. He has the strength to hold the ball for the breaking players and did it brilliantly for the entire second half of the 1-0 win we had up at Ewood park last year.
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      Lua Lua at Fulham deep in injury time did exactly that...
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      Quote Originally Posted by nwgull View Post
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      COG is the best man to leave up in a backs to wall situation. He has the strength to hold the ball for the breaking players and did it brilliantly for the entire second half of the 1-0 win we had up at Ewood park last year.
      So you're saying COG is better than Zamora. Brillant insight.
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      I agree Lua Lua would be much more effective being left on the half way line , either wide or central . It would gives us a get out ball as well . Blackburn had 2 players up front from our corners , and looked dangerous on the break .
      No point in kaz being a defender anyway we have enough players doing the defending

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