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Quoting the Laws-We Have Been Too Gung-Ho

Our new gaffer has now had chance to watch a few DVDs of our games this season and of course sit through his baptism of fire managerial debut for the Clarets against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

He has been reflecting on that game and has defined our approach as a little gung-ho.

Clarets fans have probably sensed that for sometime but did not dare utter the words when Owen Coyle was around. Let's face it nobody could criticise the now disgraced deity but after no away wins all season and no win in ten matches, maybe the reality of Coyle's reign is beginning to sink in.

Laws taking about the United performance said:

'The Clarets looked dangerous going forward.We didn't have any fear, which was really heartening to see'

'But what is evident is that we are a little bit gung-ho,' he added

'We overload when we are attacking and that leaves us vulnerable when we don't finish the move off. You are under the cosh from that moment.

'I wouldn't like to curb the enthusiasm but there is a little bit of work to be done there because there is a time and a place for such tactics.

'Away from home maybe you have to be a little bit more patient.'

I think most Clarets fans will be heartened by those words from the new gaffer since so many times on the road this season we have screamed out for a Plan B to no avail.

Let's hope Laws can now translate those fine words into actions on the pitch and we can thrash Owen Coyle's Gung Ho Bolton a week on Tuesday!


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 17 2010

Time: 2:14PM

Your Comments

Well said that man, now do summat about it!! ;-)
turfmanphil
He also said this so I wonder what brutal changes he has in mind?-"The first thing I have to do is assess the squad," he said. "It is a clean slate for everyone but I am going to be making some brutal decisions because I don't have time."
turfmanphil
Sorry but Wade is out of form and when your midfield is Alexander Wade and McDonald, I think I understand what he means, when Wade and Kev are in their box or around it with Eagles Thomo and Nugent also up there, it leaves Grezza and the back four to defend the oppositions swift counter. Chris McCann get well soon you can be one part of the missing link.
VinRogue
I agree about McCann VR. I thought that he was majestic at the beginning of the season. In terms of brutal decisions, any manager with a team not performing away from home will have to do something quickly. The fact that he has lost most of the backroom staff means that the decisions that he has to make quickly could be more brutal than he might have made in different circumstances. The only concern that I have about our Plan B is something that an Owls fan said which was that Laws' Plan B was to try PLan A again.
heathfieldclaret
Phil, you nicked my point! Hahaha. I agree that we miss McCann I'd also be willing to give pato a shot see if he can take a few chances.
skutter169
Sorry skutter although it looks like Laws nicked both our points re gung-ho!! lol ;-)
turfmanphil
If he can get us to be a bit more defensively minded, just a bit and keep the flowing attacking football then he could do very well. Coyles big weakness was that he could never sort out the defence and sometimes threw caution to the wind. Anyway, Brian Brian give us a wave.....
skutter169
Maybe it's a good thing that Bolton now have our defensive coach ?
jjokocha
I agree with Vin I think Wade has been out of fom for a while now. As for butal changes when McCann, Jay Rod and Pato are back it will be like 3 new signings, as they have been out so long, so they could be straight back in the squad.
sheclaret
Think Vin R has called this right. We don't defend as a team and until we do will always conceded goals. Kev Mc is a young lad and finding his feet at this level so he will learn more tactical awareness as he gains experience. Elliott should have it by now and, if we are to be more effective as a defensive unit, he could be the one to have a rest. Personally, can't wait to see McCann back as his solid performances have really been missed. Pato is a willing trier - not sure Jay Rod is going to be our saviour I'm afraid.
RickersTwickers
I find it strange Coyle never noticed this massive floor in our away tactics. He touched on it in the draw at City, when they were threatening to thump us 4, 5 or even 6-2 just after scoring their 3rd. He threw on Nugent and we began playing a little more directly and as you know, we weathered the storm and went on to claim a well earned point. Sadly Coyle never followed up on this more rigid approach for away games, which would suggest he is not the great tactician so many journos have recently said he is. Hopefully Laws will be able to provide the rigidity, but still allow the front 3 or 4 to run riot like they did at Old Trafford.
OooDavidEyres
I liked the way we played with no fear at old trafford.
Grimsby Claret
Just a suggestion! Yesterday our major downfall was not taking chances when they come. The balls were being played into the right areas just not being finished. Do we have a more clinical finisher than Jay Rod? At the moment Fletcher's finishing is not too great. He has been missing gilt edge chances consistently. Paterson is prone to missing some but not as many as that. Nugent, I think will not play for us again. Therefore maybe Jay Rod should get a try? I know he lacks in other areas and his movement may not be as good as Fletcher's but if we don't try we don't know. Also appreciated he is not yet fully fit. I fully agree with the sentiment that we miss McCann and that Elliot has been of his best of late.
ClaretClaude
A massive floor? Performances need polishing? Brill-o!
whentheballmoves
Perhaps we should introduce a sweeper then ?
RickersTwickers
Touch of vacuousity creeping in there.... CC2 I agree with the sentiment if we don't try them we will never know. Edgar and Duff are examples. If you would have told me that Duff was capable of playing a good game in the Prem a year ago, let alone playing a few games I would have laughed with you. I was wrong he is playing out of his skin and I just hope Laws keeps him in the team even if Caldwell, Bikey and Carlisle are all fit and able to play. Lets play the form players and rotate the others in an effort to get the winning side back.
VinRogue
Simples eh, VR? Well I agree with you, even if it was beyond the wisdom of that fake god. Meanwhile Bolton, who remain without a shut out all season after yesterday's lacklustre performance against Ars, hire Coyboy's Crew to sort that out? Gartside looks to have lost his compass a few years back now.
Couch Potato
Just posted a prediction of the final table on the backchat, I honestly think Pompey, Bolton and Hull will finish below us and Wolves as well. The compass would then need some serious debates as nobody as yet knows if SuBo can spot a great 10Million player that will fit into his team, but Gartside trusts him so thats ok! I am sure they are forming a queue to join the 2nd bottom club.
VinRogue
Well I have earmarked six points from two of those teams you mention above when we play them at home-Pompey and Wolves along with West Ham, Blackburn and Stoke. If we get 15 points from those we are on 35 and probably safe. Anything from the others are then a bonus and we should get something at Reebok & KC. You can pick any three from those clubs mentioned above to go down although of course I will be over the moon if its Blackburn,Wolves (thanks to McCarthy) and Bolton [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
A tough job ahead.
Nellup
I think I might have to find a psychiatrist double pronto as I find myself agreeing with VinRogue once again ! Didn't think Duff was a PL player but his performances over the last month or so might have proved me wrong. Needs a few more games under his belt but he can only play the games he is picked for and, so far, he's done ok.
RickersTwickers
Steady RT remember I have my nurse Ulkrika and she is not that keen on people agreeing with me! Half the time it is understanding what we all mean. I know some people write things in different ways but actually mean the same thing. On other fan sites one word out of place and you are jumped on e.g. Owen Coyle did really well to get us where we are today. Is a fact imo but to say that at the moment risks courting a deluge of posts against the writer. On here and we have said this time and time again I think we read and tend not to knee jerk if we disagree with a thread. Anyway time for my blue pills, they are the fun ones.
VinRogue
 

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