Flynn’s blueprint shows why Wrexham’s 4-4-2 doesn’t work

I suggested yesterday that 4-4-2 wasn’t working for Wrexham. To illustrate the point, let’s have a look at how a 4-4-2 can function effectively and consider why it’s not happening for us. Brian Flynn’s promotion team of 1992-3 was a straight 4-4-2 side and it illustrated the balance required to make the system work. Comparing it to our current side suggests to me that we … Continue reading Flynn’s blueprint shows why Wrexham’s 4-4-2 doesn’t work

4-4-2 Isn’t Working For Wrexham FC

I planned to write this about three weeks ago but lost my nerve. To be fair, my moment of weakness was based on hard evidence: I saw something which made me genuinely think I was wrong. Having gathered further proof, though, I’ve come to the conclusion that I was right all along. 4-4-2 doesn’t work for the current Wrexham squad and the 4-3-3 Andy Morrell … Continue reading 4-4-2 Isn’t Working For Wrexham FC

Tactical Analysis: How Wrexham Concede

As our league campaign takes a natural break for our first cup match of the season, this seems a natural juncture to have a look at how things have gone so far. Our defence has already had lots of attention, not least because of our well documented problems fielding a settled back four. In particular, the way Wrexham concede, and how that has changed as … Continue reading Tactical Analysis: How Wrexham Concede

So Where Will The Game Be Won?

An all-Welsh play-off final is liable to be decided at least in part on heart and passion. But tactically speaking, there’s a huge issue which is sure to have a major influence on the outcome. Newport’s switch to three at the back part way through the season was a bold move and an unusual one by Justin Edinburgh. It leaves his side playing with a … Continue reading So Where Will The Game Be Won?

Woking v Wrexham Tactical Report

A strange one this. The game turned massively and decisively around the half hour, but there was no obvious reason. Things just changed, or maybe more accurately, things fell apart for Wrexham. There was no incident which triggered it, no tactical alteration which swung things around. The most obvious explanation was quite simply that tiredness finally caught up with Wrexham. There were other problems: a … Continue reading Woking v Wrexham Tactical Report

Wrexham v Grimsby Town Tactical Report

Even the most one-sided match can contain a moment when the lesser side can snatch the initiative. This was a memorable victory, but one in which either Grimsby’s joint coaches or their team got things badly wrong just when it mattered most. While there can be no question that Wrexham were deserving winners, if The Mariners had held their nerve in the last twenty minutes … Continue reading Wrexham v Grimsby Town Tactical Report

Wrexham 3 Gainsborough Trinity 1 – Tactical Report

This was a fascinating match tactically (hence my urge to do a tactical report!) as Gainsborough caused problems by asking a question Wrexham haven’t had to answer for a long time: what do you do against a midfield diamond? Trinity manager Steve Housham’s inital intention wasn’t to play that way though. However, his starting formation, a 4-3-3, malfunctioned badly as Wrexham overwhelmed his side in … Continue reading Wrexham 3 Gainsborough Trinity 1 – Tactical Report

Morrell Upgrades Saunders’ 4-3-3

The Hereford game was interesting on a tactical level. It showed an important progression over the course of Andy Morrell’s time as manager. The general shape of the game showed a tactical progression we’ve made under Morrell. While he’s maintained the 4-3-3 we established under Dean Saunders, an issue we used to have under his predecessor doesn’t tend to be as pronounced. Morrell was wise … Continue reading Morrell Upgrades Saunders’ 4-3-3

Woking Tactical Report

Tactically this was a fascinating game, played out partly on the chalkboard before the match as Woking looked to turn their scouting information into a practical gameplan. In theory their thinking was sound, but they were denied by the quality of their opposition. Wrexham did certain things very well, specifically those which were necessary to counteract Woking’s approach and impose themselves on the match. Woking’s … Continue reading Woking Tactical Report

Tactical Report: 7th May 2012 Wrexham 2 Luton Town 1 (Agg: 2-3) Blue Square Premier Play Off Semi-final 2nd

Wrexham’s record breaking season ended cruelly on Bank Holiday Monday, and the main focus has understandably been on the terrific heart shown by the players. However, the match also answered a tactical key question I’ve posed recently: whether Andy Morrell and Billy Barr have a Plan B when things go wrong. The evidence of the Luton game is that they most certainly do, and it’s pretty … Continue reading Tactical Report: 7th May 2012 Wrexham 2 Luton Town 1 (Agg: 2-3) Blue Square Premier Play Off Semi-final 2nd