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Why can’t we defend

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We can defend. What we can''t do is find the right balance in the team to both be able to attack and defend.

That was definitely the problem last year. I''m unsure we are going to be able to get the balance right this year. 8 goals in three games is not a good start

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[quote user="Disco Dales Jockstrap"]We are very weak defensively at right back and weak below Lewis at left. There are other issues but this is our main one imo.[/quote]Playing wingbacks would deal with this issue...

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We seem to have conceded a lot of goals through missed headers. Marshall has failed, Pinto is not so hot, Lewis is hardly a big fellow, and perhaps because he missed some pre-season even Hanley has not looked so dominating.

Every cross and every corner, and teams are learning - good opponent headers of the ball are causing panic and also scoring goals.

Perhaps this could be improved, as could the other cause - misplaced and misjudged passes.

It has to be admitted that sometimes we leave our defence exposed because we are attacking and lose the ball. The final goal at Sheffield was a good example- we were pressing for a winner, and then suddenly...

Our team are professional players, and if they can reduce the tendency to leak goals only slightly, we could see a win soon.

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Stopping crosses coming in, the diagonal high ball behind our full backs and crosses to the far post seem to be the consistent weak spot.

We do defend most of these well, just not all of them every game.

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We''re surprisingly weak in the air considering we have two big central defenders. A back 3 gives us more presence in the box and stops the big cross-field ball to a smaller fullback too.

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[quote user="king canary"]We''re surprisingly weak in the air considering we have two big central defenders. A back 3 gives us more presence in the box and stops the big cross-field ball to a smaller fullback too.[/quote]

Given the importance of set pieces, at both ends of the pitch, and the accompanying aerial threat it does appear an under invested aspect to our game - currently winning just over 40% of the challenges each game (west brom was the worst with us losing 90%)

With only 3 players winning more that half their header challenges (Klose winning 2 out of three and Hanley 3 out of 5) that may explain we Steipermann keeps making an appearance; only 4 players have won more headers than him and all of those 4 have at least double the pitch time. It is the one and only thing that I miss BJ for, his was a colossus in winning those midfield headers.

Rhodes has won most overall (26 of the team total 65 won), but loses more too, also with a 40% win rate.

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