Podcast: Doncaster Rovers 2 Leicester City 1

Pre-season predictions from Sky Sports pundits

Sometimes it is good to prove the pundits wrong…this is not one of those times.

Editor of The Fox Pass Thom Arnold parted with £27 and watched Leicester throw away a half time advantage at the Keepmoat. Mike McCarthy asks where it is all going wrong.

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4 Responses to Podcast: Doncaster Rovers 2 Leicester City 1

  1. john says:

    There has been talk about what music should be played at home games,perhaps the lads could run out to Talking Heads, Road to nowhere…Do Thai’s commit Hari cari?

  2. Adam says:

    With regards to the midfield pairing of King and Wellens it really doesn’t have the dynamism nor fitness levels in regards Wellens to work as a pairing in a 4-4-2. Whats even more intersting is Pearson seems to have reversed their roles to an extent. Certainly against Crystal Palace and Peterborough King was playing much deeper than Wellens. This is usefull in some ways, it moves our most creative midfielder further up the pitch, however it tends to issolate King in the deeper position. Here he really can’t break into the box, he needs to stay deep to help cover our fullbacks one of whom will inevitably be providing the cross/width in the attack. The second problem is that hedoesn’t seem particularly comfortable in this role and hes clearly not as adept as Abe. Wellens also suffers to an extent that he simply doesn’t have the fitness level to recover from this higher starting position when the attack breaks down.

    I thought this had been realised by both Pearson in his first reign, where we ended the season with Wellens, King and Spearing as a 3 and Sven using Abe, Wellens and King. Under Sven Gallagher’s role was key as well . He played on the left of the front 3 but never as an out and out winger or as a forward looking to attack inside. More often than not he stayed deeper and combined with Wellens, coming inside to allow Van Arnholt to attack, and also looking to fashion shooting opportunities from deep. Compare how he played to Vassel on the opposite side of the 3 (lots of running down the touchline or inside).

    I don’t really understand Pearson’s switch back to 4-4-2 given from what I remember we never really used it under him. The only proper winger we have in the club is Dyer and his perfromances are hot and cold, his crossing is also suspect, being more realisitc its actually just bad. Trying to play 4-4-2 with him and Gallagher means almost all out width comes from fullbacks and Peltier and Konchesky do this well. However, with both full backs forward it leaves us very exposed at the back and playing a midfield pairing that I personnally don’t feel works leaves us likely to surrender the area to a better opposing midfied two and invetibaly to a midfield 3. The supposed benefits or using a formation that allows you to field two forwards and two wingers don’t really come if you don’t have any wingers to start with and Beckford is one of the forwards. He is clearly a better player than hes been showing but the perfomances I’ve seen have been woeful, his awareness of other players is non existent, no matter where he picks the ball up he seems to identify the nearest blind alley and run straight down it. Even in games where he has scored hes played very poorly and I can’t see any benefit in weakening our midfield to accommodate him.

    I think Person has two options, either go back to the 4-3-3 and play like we did under Sven. Abe and Wellens as two deeper midfields, Wellens controling the tempo and Abe as a defensive midfielder with licensce to break forward on counter attakcs where Wellens isn’t fast enough. King playing like Lampard did at Chelsea, Gallagher on the left combing with the central midfield and coming inside to allow Konchesky to overlap and provide width. I’d say the same on the right, Dyer as a wider player looking to cut inside and run directly at goal, Peltier providing width. Then Nugent up front. The second is to stick to 4-4-2 and buy two wingers over January, I’d play Gallagher behind Nugent where he can really worry opostion defences with his shooting ability. Have Wellens and King/Danns in midfield, Wellens sits deeper, shields and helps build from the back King or Danns move box to box.

    • foxblogger says:

      You make a very strong case.

      If I recall correctly, I think Pearson used a 4-4-2 for the League One campaign and the first half of the 2009/10 season. The switch to a 4-3-3/4-5-1 (depending on your outlook) took place in the second half of that season, possibly after injury the to Matty Fryatt forced Pearson to employ Martyn Waghorn to plough a lone furrow up front.

      I have to say my memory is a little hazy on this, so happy for someone to correct me here.

      • Adam says:

        Looking at some of the team line ups that seems to be the case. I do remember the start of the 09/10 season where we were playing 4-4-2 with a midfield of Galagher, Wellens, King and Oakly. I didn’t remember Pearson using 4-4-2 as much as it seemed he did.

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