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View Eaglecoops's Profile Eaglecoops Flag CR3 24 Feb 21 10.09am Send a Private Message to Eaglecoops Add Eaglecoops as a friend

Originally posted by palace99

that was Andros's fault for ball watching.

Mitchell makes a tackle and the ball squirms away to an unmarked Veltman who scores. As a wing back surely Andros should have been covering.
If you look where he is when the ball gets to Veltman he is standing still and just ball watching

Agreed, Andros fails to spot the runner behind him.

Our defence though is a drift defence which leaves gaps at the far post as our full backs get sucked across. Mitchell was virtually on the penalty spot when he makes that tackle which should normally be centre half territory. I think someone has already posted on a different thread there is very little talking on the pitch. If someone was screaming at Andros maybe that goal could have been averted, but yes Andros should have been more alert.

 

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View PatrickA's Profile PatrickA Flag London 24 Feb 21 10.44am Send a Private Message to PatrickA Add PatrickA as a friend

Townsend gave an interview after the game holding up his hands and admitting he lost his man for the goal.
On the issue of full backs I think Mitchell, although promising, has not shown enough to suggest he can be first choice left back at present.
If PVA departs I think well need as a minimum to get a left back to provide Mitchell with proper competition.
I feel part of the reason we defended better on Monday was the reintroduction of Ward.
He is stronger and better in the air than Clyne and a better penalty box defender than Clyne.
I sometimes feel his contribution is undervalued as hes been around for so long.

 

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View aashman12's Profile aashman12 Flag 24 Feb 21 11.18am Send a Private Message to aashman12 Add aashman12 as a friend

Originally posted by Bexley Eagle

Who would have thought that playing a left footed player on the left might actually be able to deliver a telling cross.

Which is why schlupp is so good for us when fit

 

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View palace99's Profile palace99 Flag New Mills 24 Feb 21 12.14pm Send a Private Message to palace99 Add palace99 as a friend

Originally posted by PatrickA

Townsend gave an interview after the game holding up his hands and admitting he lost his man for the goal.
On the issue of full backs I think Mitchell, although promising, has not shown enough to suggest he can be first choice left back at present.
If PVA departs I think well need as a minimum to get a left back to provide Mitchell with proper competition.
I feel part of the reason we defended better on Monday was the reintroduction of Ward.
He is stronger and better in the air than Clyne and a better penalty box defender than Clyne.
I sometimes feel his contribution is undervalued as hes been around for so long.

PVA's defending and positional sense is really poor, but that overlap he does when attacking is fantastic.
I was happy for Mitchell to come back in for that reason, plus Ward as i knew we needed more height with BHAs 3 centre backs at set pieces.
The jury is still out on Mitchell IMHO.
You want him to do well as he's a youth player and he has done ok. However, in recent games he has looked nervous and his passing has been average at best.

These days the full back role should offer attacking options too, but with the exception of PVA all our full backs are unable to provide an effective overlap and/or a first time whipped in cross

 

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View Qwijibo's Profile Qwijibo Flag Bournemouth 24 Feb 21 2.50pm Send a Private Message to Qwijibo Add Qwijibo as a friend

Regardless of who was meant to mark who, when the opposition has 70% possession, at some point even a sold defense will crack, either by fluke, genius or error.

I thought there was a deflection in the build up which put everyone on the wrong foot.

 

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View taylors lovechild's Profile taylors lovechild Flag People's Republic of Gozo 24 Feb 21 2.58pm Send a Private Message to taylors lovechild Add taylors lovechild as a friend

Mitchell must have to do more defending than any other left-back in the PL. Teams always seem to target that area when playing us. I think with better protection from midfield and/or quicker centre-backs he might look more solid. As it is, whoever plays in the full-back positions generally have little protection and the likes of AWB do not come along every day. With PvA set to depart it'll be interesting to see how the club replace him.

 

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View Putitout's Profile Putitout Flag Oxford 24 Feb 21 3.31pm Send a Private Message to Putitout Add Putitout as a friend

When defending in the way we were Monday night , which was very deep, it is an absolute for your full backs to be in the six yard box to block, that leaves space,, that has to be covered . Mitchell , did nothing wrong, If Townsend had not got carried away watching Brighton, trying to smash the door down. He could have stopped their goal.

 

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View ex hibitionist's Profile ex hibitionist Flag Hastings 24 Feb 21 3.43pm Send a Private Message to ex hibitionist Add ex hibitionist as a friend

Mitchell will improve - he has a great attitude. He impresses most for me when he fights to win back the ball upfield when our attackers have lost possession, and gives the ball straight back to them. He is still a bit too raw to be first choice left back, and he will need to add more to the attacking side of his game, but he will get his head down and apply himself. We don't need a major signing at left back, just enough to provide competition as another poster said.

 

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