Posts Tagged ‘ defending ’

Ten steps: how Newcastle coped with Arsenal in the centre of midfield (whilst playing a 4-4-2)

November 8, 2010

Not many sides keep a clean sheet against Arsenal. Newcastle’s 1-0 win at the Emirates was only the second time Arsene Wenger’s side have failed to score this season.
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The key to World Cup success? Clean sheets

July 1, 2010
The key to World Cup success? Clean sheets

In knock-out competitions, a focus on ‘not losing’ often seems to take precedence over ‘winning’. It is therefore little surprise that recent champions have boasted good defensive records in the final few games of their victorious tournaments.
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Birmingham got a point from Manchester United, Hull didn’t. What was the difference?

January 9, 2010

This site, as much as any other, puts forward the view that successful football results can be attributed to thoughtful, well-crafted, intelligent tactics. Sometimes, though, it comes down to just putting your head in where it hurts. Manchester United went to both Hull and Birmingham recently, conceding a goal in each. But...
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