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I posted in another thread...

 

It will be interesting to see how Warburton's new vision will impact the current strikers.

There was a recent article/thread about the use of stats, comparing our striking players. From memory, it stated that most goal attempts came from outwith the 6-yrd box. Now if Warburton can get the right style of play & the right players who can deliver decent balls into the box & provide our strikers with more 6-yrd box chances, we will score more goals.

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I think some of the stats stuff like that could be useful, but we have to be careful of that we're measuring the cause, not the effect.

 

For instance there are stats that say that people who own a bicycle, live longer. The interesting part is that it holds true whether they use it or not. The conclusion of the research of this asserts that this is due to the fact that people who think about their health have a high instance of bicycle ownership. The longevity doesn't only come from cycling, it's the fact they do many things that they think will improve their health. Therefore just buying a bike and leaving it to collect dust, will not make you live longer.

 

So you have to actually test that whether prioritising strikers going into the box, increases your goal count, as that may not be the primary variable and changing your game-plan to do this could perhaps be counterproductive if you keep losing possession trying to get in the box, while not taking good opportunities to shoot that present themselves.

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We need players who can get behind defences and cut the ball back. Last season we didn't have any players who could do that, certainly not often enough. The goal against QoS in the play-offs at Ibrox springs to mind. Whether Warburton can coach the likes of Templeton to do that remains to be seen. We certainly haven't signed anybody to make an improvement in the attacking sense and I don't see us doing so :(.

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We need players who can get behind defences and cut the ball back. Last season we didn't have any players who could do that, certainly not often enough. The goal against QoS in the play-offs at Ibrox springs to mind. Whether Warburton can coach the likes of Templeton to do that remains to be seen. We certainly haven't signed anybody to make an improvement in the attacking sense and I don't see us doing so :(.

 

Vucick and Foster got joy doing just that.

Our failing was the lack of movement off the ball. A telling pass can only be made if a the recipient is running into space. Invariably our passes went to the feet of players who were already marked or had to turn to face the opposition goal. This allowed defences to close down

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I think some of the stats stuff like that could be useful, but we have to be careful of that we're measuring the cause, not the effect.

 

For instance there are stats that say that people who own a bicycle, live longer. The interesting part is that it holds true whether they use it or not. The conclusion of the research of this asserts that this is due to the fact that people who think about their health have a high instance of bicycle ownership. The longevity doesn't only come from cycling, it's the fact they do many things that they think will improve their health. Therefore just buying a bike and leaving it to collect dust, will not make you live longer.

 

So you have to actually test that whether prioritising strikers going into the box, increases your goal count, as that may not be the primary variable and changing your game-plan to do this could perhaps be counterproductive if you keep losing possession trying to get in the box, while not taking good opportunities to shoot that present themselves.

 

The main point is that we weren't getting decent balls into dangerous enough areas. We were "forced" to snatch at goal chances from areas where the odds of scoring start to diminish.

Our new "vision" has to ensure that players are capable of opening up defenses, getting in behind & pulling players out of position.....If the more wide men can do that, it creates space in the highly dangerous areas for the striker(s) to operate.

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