Akil, Vinicius, Cristiano and xG

Here’s a puzzle for you. When Bryan Hughes was appointed Wrexham’s manager, his first and most obvious task was to find a way to start scoring goals again. Part of his solution was to move the player you’d least like a chance to fall to into a more advanced position. How come it’s worked? It’s certainly had the desired effect. Wrexham have scored eight goals … Continue reading Akil, Vinicius, Cristiano and xG

That Whole James Gray – Zinedine Zidane Thing

It looks like James Gray has unwittingly sparked one of the more unexpected debates at the start of this season. I can’t say it occurred to me to question his role in the current side until it was publicly doubted, and to be honest I can’t see why a perceived lack of goals is an issue. After all, he has a strike rate of a … Continue reading That Whole James Gray – Zinedine Zidane Thing

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and Jon Flatt: the inevitable comparison.

Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. It had to come to this eventually. Finally I must address the question on everyone’s lips and compare the relative merits of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Manuel … Continue reading Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Manuel Neuer and Jon Flatt: the inevitable comparison.

Durrell Links Past With Present

Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) http://www.leaderlive.co.uk. Elliott Durrell’s goal last Saturday brought something home to me. It brought home just how important the 150th anniversary match will be in a week. That might … Continue reading Durrell Links Past With Present

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

>Fair Play to Fairhurst

> All credit to Nathan Fairhurst-he’s shown an attitude you don’t seem to find too often in the modern game. We tend to see players putting their short term advancement first these days-hell, Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t cope with losing thirty minutes of me-time against Manchester City last Sunday, could he? So to see Nathan Fairhurst reject a contract with Preston in order to get first … Continue reading >Fair Play to Fairhurst