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53 minutes ago, latapythelegend said:

ATS instead of McCann? 

ATS looks terrified of the ball and has no pace about him whatsoever. McCann is ideal for that role if we can get the ball out to him quickly so he has the opportunity to run into space. At Alloa last week, ATS was that so slow to take a touch and find McCann out wide that by the time the ball got here, he was already on the back foot and being closed down. 

McCann is the better player absolutely no doubt about that and if we were a team always playing on the front foot I'd prefer him in there. My thinking is right now we are really struggling if a team has any sort of competent press and we need to have more reliable outballs. 

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1 hour ago, latapythelegend said:

ATS instead of McCann? 

ATS looks terrified of the ball and has no pace about him whatsoever. McCann is ideal for that role if we can get the ball out to him quickly so he has the opportunity to run into space. At Alloa last week, ATS was that so slow to take a touch and find McCann out wide that by the time the ball got here, he was already on the back foot and being closed down.

If we were hypothetically to go 4 at the back. I'd much rather see McCann - Dixon - Watson - Williamson. McCann has a lot to learn at full back but with Dixon inside him and covering for when he gets caught out, i think we would be a lot more solid. Similar for Williamson and Watson on the right side. 

Aye, I said that at the time. He had the ball in space, with McCann totally open to his left, yet he wasted several seconds looking for other options before inevitably giving it to McCann who, as you say, was being closed down by that point.

Must have happened 5 or 6 times.

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FWIW, Ryan Williamson always played right back for us in a back 4 and was perfectly adequate defensively, even in the Championship. Indeed many Pars fans thought he was better there than as a wingback or right midfielder, since running from deep let him get a run on the left back when providing an overlap.

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10 minutes ago, Salvo Montalbano said:

FWIW, Ryan Williamson always played right back for us in a back 4 and was perfectly adequate defensively, even in the Championship. Indeed many Pars fans thought he was better there than as a wingback or right midfielder, since running from deep let him get a run on the left back when providing an overlap.

Not sure where this opinion that he is no use as a full back originated as he has always played as a wingback with us.

I would think he should be more than able to play a more defensive role.

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16 minutes ago, Sarcastic Bairn said:

I can see a four working, it just needs to be a different four that he’s playing just now in  that back line eg Dixon back in there.

Think I’m on my own with I don’t think 3 up front can work for us though with the midfield we have.

 

I think a front 3 would work if they are given the freedom to do their own thing. The problem is getting ball to them. 

Allowing Dowds, Kabia and Griffiths loose to play to their own strengths and comforts will give us some reward. Dowds can receive and hold the ball up well and with Griffiths and Kabia making their own space will get goals. Just allow them the freedom to do it themselves.

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FWIW, Ryan Williamson always played right back for us in a back 4 and was perfectly adequate defensively, even in the Championship. Indeed many Pars fans thought he was better there than as a wingback or right midfielder, since running from deep let him get a run on the left back when providing an overlap.

I made a similar comment a few weeks ago that Williamson is far more effective as a right back than a right wing back. He looks very uncomfortable playing wing-back, his positioning is all over the place and he doesn’t get forward anywhere near as much or as effectively as he does when played in a 4.
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2 hours ago, Back Post Misses said:

I am suggesting the two full backs can’t 

The hole in the centre is more of a concern for me, the amount of times teams just waltz right through us is shockingly easy.

We had a rigid flat 5 on Saturday and two cove attackers were causing havoc through the middle easily, if it wasn't for Mutch we would've lost by a much bigger margin. The balance between each department is way off, no surprise when you have more than half yer team defending.

 

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2 hours ago, Zbairn said:

Having 5 at the back with the 2 wing backs is perfectly feasible if they actually could defend when we dont have possession. Effectively it turns into a back 4 and a middle 4 dependent on what side of the pitch the play is on. The problem with our lot is that they are continually thinking either as a defender (both useless) or an attacker (both reasonable). However, they dont have the guile to understand how the play is progressing, ultimately being out of position half the time. Essentially we play as a 5-3-2 or 3-3-5 formation.

Our big issue in reality is the midfield. Made up of midgets and no real "Baptie" type player to mix it when it comes to to the rough and tumble. The number of second balls won by the opposing team and space given to them as we track back (slowly) is ridiculous. This is the real area of concern as it effects both forwards and defence, as there is no real ball winner in there or a link between back to front. 

On that basis and with the players we have, I would go for a 4-4-2 to try and shore up the middle. Nothing fancy, just get the job done.  A diamond in the middle with either Kabia or Dowds supporting the front 2, Telfer on one side of the diamond and A.N.Other on the other side. The last point of the diamond in front of defence is where we need someone half decent that we currently don't have.

I think with that we would give the other teams defences something to consider and they wouldnt push up so high on us, due to the possibility of Kabia getting in behind with his pace. 

My only concern is that our defence like to throw the ball in the net with hoofs over the top !

In saying that, I think MR will stick with the formation he has used in past weeks. It's OK against teams who like to sit back and allow us to play, but absolutley useless against teams who have figured out how crap we are.

Every Falkirk Fan seems to echo your comment re para 2. ( even opposition fans see it as so obvious). Why does your management team not see it? You cant tell me there is not such a player available in the loan market , particularly with your resources? So must be management team have a different view?

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4 minutes ago, Its not only a game said:

Every Falkirk Fan seems to echo your comment re para 2. ( even opposition fans see it as so obvious). Why does your management team not see it? You cant tell me there is not such a player available in the loan market , particularly with your resources? So must be management team have a different view?

Because so far they’ve come with a very rigid plan of how we should play. Our 3 wins have come despite that formation, not because of it. If adaptations aren’t made soon then the tide will turn quickly

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1 hour ago, MrDust said:

The hole in the centre is more of a concern for me, the amount of times teams just waltz right through us is shockingly easy.

We had a rigid flat 5 on Saturday and two cove attackers were causing havoc through the middle easily, if it wasn't for Mutch we would've lost by a much bigger margin. The balance between each department is way off, no surprise when you have more than half yer team defending.

 

But if you have 2 fullbacks who are not the greatest defenders you need to play 3 CH’s 

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