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  • Andrew Andrew Nov 2, 2011 17:23 Flag

    Drawing no conclusions

    Expect minor changes tonight, Tom.
    Too much is expected of Snoddy. Defenders double up on him and we need an equal threat from the wide left to pull defences apart. Sam can take defenders on and provide excellent crosses. His weakness is in tracking back. Aidy White's pace scares defenders and an alternative would be to play him up-field and have Pugh at LB...
    Actually, rather than a tight team/squad, what is working for Leeds are the partnerships of White and Pugh, Snodgrass and Connolly, Lees and O'Dea, McCormack and Keogh. The partnership that is not working is Howson and Clayton in midfield.
    As regards your question, 'would I pick the Finn over Johnny H?' the answer is yes. Vayrynen is a defensive midfielder while Howson is attacking - he is out of position and better suited as an auxiliary striker. If we play 4-5-1, then I would include Johnny. In our present 4-4-2 formation he is a make-weight.
    Apart from fixture fatigue, and predictable tactics that oppositions managers can exploit, the other problem with playing the same line-up game after game is that when a change has to be made, due to injury or suspension, the 'peripheral' players who are then brought in have to catch-up with how the team plays - whereas, if they had played on a regular basis through rotation, they would fit into the team automatically.
    Anyway, let's see whether Larry's tactics can beat those of his successor at Blackpool. I am expecting a Leeds win tonight.