Defending at the back post

bond19821982

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It's about time we speak about this. Not sure if this is a coaching issue or an individual problem. We seem to be letting the back post open lot of times . Not just today but we saw that in our earlier games this pre season.

Last year, we have had so many goals conceded because we let that area wide open or the full backs were way too narrow. ( AWB is the main culprit but Shaw also had moments last year ).

What do you think is the reason behind it? I haven't seen any improvements till date which basically tells it could be the instructions from coaching team to stay narrow and take chance on that ( assuming the probability to score from that angle is less ?)
 

bond19821982

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Watched the highlights again now

Shaw came narrow for 2 crosses and the Backpost was free.

AWB had 1 occasion where he came narrow and Backlot was left open.
 

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It’s coaching, yeah. They’re told to do it. Regarding the AWB one he was picking up Everton’s #11. He had to choose who to leave open and he chose to mark the player that was free just outside the six yard box, really though he and Shaw should be getting more help from midfielders or our wingers. It’s impossible to mark two players which our full backs have to do at times.
 

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It’s coaching, yeah. They’re told to do it. Regarding the AWB one he was picking up Everton’s #11. He had to choose who to leave open and he chose to mark the player that was free just outside the six yard box, really though he and Shaw should be getting more help from midfielders or our wingers. It’s impossible to mark two players which our full backs have to do at times.
This is the new way of coaching. Normally a keeper has a say in how set pieces are defended. It's his decision if and where he comes out and what kind of cover he needs. That's why all the great teams defend the posts especially during the corners.
Now it looks like the coaches decide what happens.
 

bond19821982

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I know we were down to 10 , but why was Shaw so narrow for the first goal ? Their right sided player had acres of space and time.

We have 3 defenders in the box and so why would you have a full back also so narrow ?

Struggling to understand the logic. Any opinions?