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  • john john Sep 17, 2012 13:09 Flag

    reading- another awful performance

    Interesting how people have different perceptions to what they see..I thought they were good substitutions. Although Hudds is not everyone's fav, he can spot a pass, and it allowed Dembele to move forward. If it had been Livermore ( I know he wasnt on the bench ) then that would off been more a case off shutting up shop IMO. Dempsey for Bale? still an attacking threat, likewise Townsend for Lennon, so I didnt see it as defensive changes, more like the player's mentallity to drop deeper in last 20 minute's or so. If Daffy hadnt scored 2, I would off give Vertongen M.o.M, starting to settle, cool, calm, and classy.

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    • If AVB said to T'Hudd - 'ok, sit and hold with Sandro and tell Dembele to push on' and act as a QB - then I totally agree, as that gave the team the best of both worlds - T'Hudd's (long range) passing (he hit a gem out to the right wing), with the goal threat of Dembele. It just appears defensive - an attacking midfielder off and a defensive midfielder on.

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      • I agree regarding Hudds,

        Initially I thought it was a negative decision, but as you point out, it allowed Dembele more freedom and made the most of those penetrating runs further up the pitch. Hudds, despite his limited pace and iffy tackling, has always had a good passing range and he has always been able to put his foot on the ball and dictate the pace of a game well.

        I never really think of Hudds as a defensive minded player, more of a deep-lying playmaker, maybe this depends who he is compared to, Parker, Palacios, De Jong are defensive midfielder's IMO. I could see AVB starting a midfield three of Sandro, Dembele (behind a striker) and either Parker, Hudds against the 'better' teams, the theory being we'd be more solid and could win and keep the ball better and dictate the pace of the game. We shall see.

        Tis, but one game, yet I feel a lot more optimistic.

        COYS!