Fresh from a 2-1 home defeat against Bournemouth it’s time to take a long-term view at the tactics employed by Nigel Adkins and to see if there’s a method behind some of the madness.
I think I’ve got a pretty good grasp of football, and football tactics in particular. I think I understand my 4-4-2s, my catenaccio, my Christmas Tree and so on. And one of the great joys of football is seeing what the manager is trying to do with a team, and even more so when it’s a new manager trying to impose his own style onto a new team. But I have a confession to make … when it comes to understanding what Nigel Adkins is trying to do from a tactical point of view, I just don’t have the faintest glimmer of understanding. Every week, every game, I’m absolutely mystified trying to work out exactly what he’s trying to do – and if I’m mystified by the starting line-up and formation, my head virtually explodes in confusion once substitutes are brought into the equation.