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  • We shouldn't forget that the opposition approach has a massive bearing on things. When the opposition press us hard and wide our game disintegrates, because we're not coached to play the sharp short passing triangles to play through the press. Readi…
  • https://www.scfc2.co.uk/forums/discussion/comment/76973#Comment_76973 It's as if the 60s never happened...
  • https://www.scfc2.co.uk/forums/discussion/comment/76970#Comment_76970 Couldn't agree more. To be fair to Cooper we've always played patient, short-passing football once we get the ball into the final third. But the way he sets the team up we don't l…
  • Credit where credit's due, Cooper made the right calls at the right time, with the three subs. I wanted Bidwell to come off for Roberts rather than Naughton, and then he gets a great assist. So hats off to Cooper. Not confident about the play-offs, …
  • It's hard to say what was most depressing about our capitulation at the end. We needed the win, and yet we dropped deep as if we were desperately holding out for a point. The QPR goal was a pure form of karma. It says it all about our approach to th…
  • Not great first half in possession, but solid defensively. Somewhat lucky not to see Ayew's barge not being penalised, but then again this is the Championship. Much better second half, very professional display, especially Bennett at the back. The e…
  • Well though we played, something that hasn't been acknowledged is Millwall's failure to press us high up the pitch, apart perhaps for the opening 10 minutes or so. It follows a consistent theme, when we're given the room to play we look a decent sid…
  • After 4 consequetive defeats we ditch the wing back system in favour of a 4-3-3 and turn things around (albeit after a trial run against Preston), Brentford ditch their 4-3-3 after 4 consequetive draws for a wing back system and thump Preston 5-0. …
  • https://www.scfc2.co.uk/forums/discussion/comment/76260#Comment_76260 Agree 100%. Cooper's taken a lot of criticism, much of it justified, but hats off he got all the big calls right today. Routledge as a false 9 made such a difference, with his com…
  • We're told that Kieffer Moore is knackered, and yet in that first half against Mexico he was doing as good a job as any player in a Welsh shirt to close down the Mexican back line. Fatigue is going to be an issue at this stage of the season, but it'…
  • Wales played a 3-4-3 against Mexico, and did so with a scratch B team that hadn't played as an unit before, and would have had little preparation time. By judicious use of subs the high press was maintained pretty much throughout - limiting Mexico t…
  • https://www.scfc2.co.uk/forums/discussion/comment/76193#Comment_76193 Norwich didn't press us hard that day. No team will fail to do so from now on in, if they've got a professional setup that bothers to study the weaknesses of the opposition. We ju…
  • I think we're pretty much agreed that something needs to change. Personally I don't think the formation is the issue, we were just as inept in possession (perhaps more so) with a 4-3-3 as we were with a 3-4-1-2. The fundamental problem with Cooper i…
  • https://www.scfc2.co.uk/forums/discussion/5006/steve-cooper "it’s not a surprise to know they press the ball the least in the Championship" very interesting, but not entirely surprising stat charlie10, what's the source? I found this from …
    in Steve Cooper Comment by Wyn April 6
  • It says it all that the highlight of the first half for me was when Grimes expertely shepharded the ball out of play for a goal kick. And I'm not exaggerating. We are absolutely god awful - and 100% of the responsibility is Cooper's.
  • I'd prefer Lowe to lead the line rather than Ayew. The danger is that Ayew drops deep into Hourihane and Dhanda territory, rather than keeping positional discipline. If Ayew does come deep then who pushes on?
  • I'm pleased with that selection. Having an extra man in midfield at least gives us a chance of playing throught the middle, although whether Cooper sets us up to do that is another question. Intersting to note that we're the side in the Championshi…
  • Both Barnsley and Derby going with a 3-4-2-1 tonight. If they can adopt that formation, why not us? I would be tempted to drop Ayew into midfield and go with Lowe as a lone striker. After the international break, when Ayew may be unavailable due to …
  • What would we say about a team, let's say Cardiff, that only created two good opportunities to score from long throws into the box? One of Connor's throw ins resulted in Ayew's penalty and the other, from the left side, should have been a penalty fo…
  • The hoof it down the flanks approach to our offensive play (and it certainly was offensive) returned with a vengance tonight, only this time a spawny late penalty didn't happen to gloss over another dismal display. What exactly does Cooper have agai…
  • I've looked at the penalty several times and I think that on the balance of probabilities that Clarke catches Naughton - who was very clever to get his body between Clarke and the ball. Whether there was sufficient contact for a penalty is a moot po…
  • There were a couple of telling stats flashed up by Sky in the second half. First 10 minutes or so Stoke had 70% possession, and should have taken the lead through that double chance for Fletcher and then Chester. But as soon as Hourihane came on for…
  • Who would have thought that replacing a striker with an extra midfielder would have that impact? Total domination from the moment Hourihane came on for Lowe. Hope this is a watershed moment for Cooper in the same way as switching to a wing back sys…
  • https://www.scfc2.co.uk/forums/discussion/comment/73433#Comment_73433 That's really interesting, and I entirely agree about our lack of zip. The question is, who can provide this in the absence of MGW? Dhanda is the closest we've got, but I'm not co…
  • https://www.scfc2.co.uk/forums/discussion/comment/73420#Comment_73420 I'd be happy with that selection, although I'd prefer to have Lowe up top, to stretch the Coventry defence, and Ayew further back for his defenisve contribution and ability to hol…
  • There's nothing new though in what Ayew's doing that would merit dropping him now. He's always been selfish, as illustrated on Saturday when he ignored over-lapping runs deep inside the box, first from Roberts and later on from Fulton. Both responde…
  • This tweet by @SwansAnalytics illustrates how Fulton was playing further forwards against Huddersfield (even in advance of Hourihane which is surprising): https://twitter.com/SwansAnalytics/status/1363872969311797250?s=20 Talk of an unbalanced shape…
  • https://www.scfc2.co.uk/forums/discussion/comment/73381#Comment_73381 I'm not sure how resting Ayew will change his behaviour - he's always been selfish in possession. Twice on Saturday he went alone well inside the area with a player on his outside…
  • https://www.scfc2.co.uk/forums/discussion/comment/73388#Comment_73388 Whilst I agree with not worring too much about having the ball and work ethic bits, I don't agree that he's unwilling to get men forwards, or that hitting the channels is more tha…
  • They were pretty lucky against Preston mind, relying on a penatly to win the game - the only shot on target in the entire game by either side.