How Gary Mills Unlocked Connor Jennings’ Potential

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. Connor Jennings neither scored nor made an assist at Aldershot. His superb recent form makes that fact worth mentioning. Before Saturday he’d either scored or set up … Continue reading How Gary Mills Unlocked Connor Jennings’ Potential

The Perfect Goal

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. What I’m about to write will make absolutely no sense to anyone involved in the professional game of football. I accept that, accept my naïveté, and admit … Continue reading The Perfect Goal

Back to the Front

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. For a side which prides itself on its passing football, it’s perhaps surprising to see how much of our creativity stems from our back four. Gary Mills … Continue reading Back to the Front

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

TACTICAL REPORT: Wrexham FC v Torquay United

That’s more like it! There were edgy moments – about twenty minutes of them as it looked worryingly like the pattern established at Bromley would be repeated and the side would fail to sustain the penetration of its passing game beyond the opening twenty minutes. However, a barn-storming second half allayed those fears, helped by a subtle bit of tinkering by Gary Mills. Mills opted … Continue reading TACTICAL REPORT: Wrexham FC v Torquay United

TACTICAL REPORT: Bromley FC 3 Wrexham FC 1

So, what went wrong? This was certainly a stark defeat, if only because its nature was startling. For the opening quarter of the game, Wrexham’s game plan worked a treat, then a salvo of three goals turned everything on its head and the second half saw Gary Mills’ team dominate possession without looking penetrative. So how did this state of affairs come to pass? First … Continue reading TACTICAL REPORT: Bromley FC 3 Wrexham FC 1