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View Tom-the-eagle's Profile Tom-the-eagle Flag Croydon 06 Jan 19 1.44pm Send a Private Message to Tom-the-eagle Add Tom-the-eagle as a friend

Just want to say what a great job these guys are doing this season.

We spend a lot of time on here being critical of our forward line (and rightly so) but not enough time focusing on how well we do at the back.

This season we have conceded 5 less goals than Arsenal and 6 less than Man United. That's pretty damn awesome.

I would go as far to say that this is probably our best back four in 25 years.

Well done lads.

 


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View Rudi Hedman's Profile Rudi Hedman Flag Caterham 06 Jan 19 2.02pm Send a Private Message to Rudi Hedman Add Rudi Hedman as a friend

I like the way the back line are more settled in possession. Ironically I think this may be because we donít have Cabaye to collect it 70% of the time so theyíve had to develop and I think this part of their game has generally improved.

But itís also the case we are taking minimal risks to protect the clean sheet for as long as possible to nick a goal and 3 points, or even 1, seeing as Iíve seen our tactics a goal down remain unchanged from when it was 0-0. Thankfully it works because we have 4 quality players there plus a couple of backups with just about enough goals to scrape the points. Itís just frustrating when you watch us accept plan A wonít work this week but may work the next week or the week after if youíre there or up north somewhere when a sometimes obvious slight tweak may earn us more.

Iím interested to see how this evolves next season if Roy retires because with a good back 4 and central midfield youíve got a solid basis for a new manager to begin with. There may well however be the challenge of Zaha leaving, maybe Bissaka as well although if we had some knowledge of players outside of the Prem we could deal with Bissaka leaving more than adequately without having to buy 2 in January and overpaying on limited players like Schlupp.

And after Guaitaís near mishap vs Vardy Iím more relaxed and I reckon so are our defenders.

 


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Yellow Card - User has been warned of conduct on the messageboards View ChrisGC's Profile ChrisGC Flag Wantage 06 Jan 19 2.34pm Send a Private Message to ChrisGC Add ChrisGC as a friend

Good post. Our defence is excellent and with Dann coming back there's some degree of backup strength in each position. The board will have to keep an eye on the ages of some of the players in terms of buying replacements ahead of time: this is where a strong youth team would be ideal: old dog training the new pups etc.

How tommo isn't getting a mention for England is staggering. I'd like to see AWB blooded, but I can understand that Alexander-Arnold and Tripper provide proven and excellent competition at RB/RWB so he's got a challenge there.
Lewis Dunk is a good player, but nothing sophisticated or technical about what he does and he's getting touted. Tommo is much better in my book, but I might be biased.

 

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View YT's Profile YT Flag Oxford 06 Jan 19 2.43pm Send a Private Message to YT Add YT as a friend

Also, OP, we are 4th in the list of most Premier League clean sheets for 2018/19.

 


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View Bangell's Profile Bangell Flag Oxford 06 Jan 19 2.44pm Send a Private Message to Bangell Add Bangell as a friend

Yes, an excellent defence and we have good cover too.

 

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View Maine Eagle's Profile Maine Eagle Flag USA 06 Jan 19 2.49pm Send a Private Message to Maine Eagle Add Maine Eagle as a friend

Agreed, loads of clean sheets aswell.

Conceding goals is also linked to style of play of course, but all in all we have a very good back line.

AWB is truly a fantastic player, he can stop the cross and makes an insane number of tackles and ball wins.

PVA is pretty good defensively lately, he needs to be better going forward though but is turning a corner there.

Tomkins was exposed badly vs Brighton but since coming back in has done well, and lets face it he was a great purchase at the price.

As for "I wanna be champions league" / mad as a bag of snakes Sakho, he has seemingly ironed out some of the hair raising moments, and is as physically dominating as he is in the air.

Defo our best defence in the new premier league are and its not close.

 

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View steeleye20's Profile steeleye20 Flag Croydon 06 Jan 19 3.29pm Send a Private Message to steeleye20 Add steeleye20 as a friend

I think that is 9 clean sheets now?

Not short of cover are we either - Ward, Dann, Kelly, Jairo etc.

Not only, but also - our injury list hardly anybody unavailable contrast that with previous years.

 

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View pssguy's Profile pssguy Flag 06 Jan 19 3.53pm Send a Private Message to pssguy Add pssguy as a friend

I think this has the makings of one of the best all time
in terms of central back pairings and goalkeeper. Not sure if it betters Martyn/Young/Thorn in 1992/93 as far as Premier League years - although Young was past his best by then

Earlier competition would be the Burridge/Cannon/Gilbert and Jackson/McGoldrick/Blyth

Of course, they have Kouyate and Luka as predominantly defensive midfielders in front of them which helps at one end and hinders at the other

 

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View Rudi Hedman's Profile Rudi Hedman Flag Caterham 06 Jan 19 4.05pm Send a Private Message to Rudi Hedman Add Rudi Hedman as a friend

Originally posted by pssguy

I think this has the makings of one of the best all time
in terms of central back pairings and goalkeeper. Not sure if it betters Martyn/Young/Thorn in 1992/93 as far as Premier League years - although Young was past his best by then

Earlier competition would be the Burridge/Cannon/Gilbert and Jackson/McGoldrick/Blyth

Of course, they have Kouyate and Luka as predominantly defensive midfielders in front of them which helps at one end and hinders at the other

None of them were past it in the 90/91 season when Young came in the summer of 1990 and we finished 3rd in May 1991. Solid and hard defence with a lethal front pair. Sounds like an Essex girl.

 


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View peterg's Profile peterg Flag Anerley 06 Jan 19 4.16pm Send a Private Message to peterg Add peterg as a friend

Makes up for not being able to score!

 


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View johnmcormick8's Profile johnmcormick8 Flag Brundish 06 Jan 19 4.22pm Send a Private Message to johnmcormick8 Add johnmcormick8 as a friend

aye and Roy knows the tactics

 

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View CharlesPaterson's Profile CharlesPaterson Flag 06 Jan 19 4.25pm Send a Private Message to CharlesPaterson Add CharlesPaterson as a friend

Originally posted by pssguy

Earlier competition would be the Burridge/Cannon/Gilbert and Jackson/McGoldrick/Blyth

Jackson, McCormick, Blyth..

Fast Eddie was a few years later

 

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