Analysis of the goal conceded against QPR (23/9)
Bobby Zamora’s goal – Sean Wright-Phillips picks up a loose ball following a corner; he drives down the line beyond Defoe, and forces in a cross. It is deflected into the path of Alejandro Faurlín, who sells Dembele a dummy and slips a clever pass through to Zamora, who lifts the ball over Friedel, who is slow to close the striker down.
The ball is cleared from a corner, and Sean Wright-Phillips drives down the right-hand side. Defoe slides in to try to win the ball back, but Wright-Phillips evades him.
Walker comes over to cover, but Wright-Phillips manages to force a cross in, which deflects off Walker.
Dembele charges in to meet the ball, with Faurlin looking to take possession.
Dembele commits himself, and Faurlin intelligently lets the ball run across his body. Notice the defensive line – they are all looking to push out, with Walker a yard or two deeper in the left-back area.
Faurlin shapes to shoot, but instead slides a clever through-ball into a gap that doesn’t even seem to be there.
As the ball is played in, Walker is playing Zamora onside (with Zamora also level with Bale, who hasn’t stepped up either).
Friedel doesn’t read the pass, and is very slow off his line – note his starting position in the above two pictures, compared with Zamora – Zamora has turned and travelled a yard further than Friedel, who was already facing play.
Zamora is left with the relatively simple task of lifting the ball over Friedel.
Friedel has been heralded for two big saves in the match. Personally, I felt that both were saves that any keeper would expect to make – Hill’s header in particular was straight at him. I was once again concerned by his want to stay on the line at every opportunity – three corners came into the six-yard box, and he didn’t look to claim or punch any of them.
Friedel’s movement off his line for the goal looks even more ponderous when viewing the video rather than screen grabs above. It was notable how quick Julio Cesar was to come off his line in similar situations at the other end. I’ve found Friedel partially responsible for a lot of the goals conceded this year, and am looking forward to seeing the much more pro-active Lloris become our first-choice goalkeeper.
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Lloris did not have so much to do against Lazio, but it was nice to see him take a few high balls for example. I for one, would like to see Lloris against United.
Once again you provided a detailed analysis of conceeded goals, alwas a nice read!
On the other hand, I was watching Sunday Supplement the other week and it was mentioned by someone with 'inside knowledge' at WHL that there is an awareness of his unwillingness to come of his line and that having cost us these goals. Unsurprisingly perhaps, the comment wasn't picked up on or discussed further by the others around the table.
It drives me crazy having Gallas and Friedel in the team at the moment. They're both are or were good/great players, but I want to see Caulker and Lloris in and playing a more modern ball to feet, CB's driving forward style of play. I'm hoping that AVB is just looking to introduce them slowly, and if so good on him. Surely he doesn't think Gallas is the long-term solution (until Kaboul returns)!?
Watching the Lazio game on Thursday I was just shocked when a cross came in, I heard an audible shout (one that wasn't just 'away') and suddenly this guy in a coloured shirt jumped across and grabbed the ball. It was remarkable!
Last paragraph sums it up; Lloris must start soon.
In theory, Bale should work as a left-back in an AVB team, but it turns out he really can't defend. I don't like Defoe starting up front on his own (even though I love the guy) as he just can't hold the ball up - but then with Ade injured we had no other option (Dempsey?).
I assume AVB has told Lloris that he's the number 1 and that the plan is just to introduce him slowly rather than throw him in and have him turn into another Gomes.
It really just occured to me that Vert as left-back was really playing how I would like to think Bale could play there. Getting the ball and just bombing downfield, plus having a bit of a defending brain to stay goal-side of people and track back. Ahh well.
Bets on us ending the season with a back-four of Walker-Caulker-Kaboul-Vert ? ;)
TBH, I haven't really even started to think about what was going on up front with Sig & Dempsey as I was so shocked by the back. But I do hope Sig does settle in, he is class and good to watch on the ball when he is playing well. Mind you, I also hope the Hudd starts getting more game time too. So many decent players!
I'm a Lloris man but you are a little unfair to Friedel here.
Two good saves that LLoris might or might not have made or it would have been the velvet drapes for us by half-time
What is Walker doing in that position anyway?
Sad to see Sean WP finishing his career at QPR.
Another player broken on the wheel of money and glory.