I went with the heatmaps - the fourth tab to the right of Match Centre - as they tell us where we had the ball on the pitch; you'd obviously need to be in the opposition box to get a penalty (other than handball of course).Thanks for those links, these are super interesting. I'm trying to figure out how to parse that .. if I select "Dribbles" (which I assume is what you mean when you say get our attackers running at defences again), it looks like we've had more of those and at higher success rate in the game against SHU than against AVL.
One thing I'd add though is that SHU is a bad data point because we had such a terrible game against them. They blocked off the center and forced our attacks down wide and we don't really have a lot of players who can make things happen 1v1 from wide areas and we struggled. I think the 5 at the back played into it as well because leaving our fullbacks semi-open (which is a common weakness of the 5-3-2 / 3-4-3 type formations) is not going to do a lot of damage. Normally Bruno makes things happen against sides that do this but even he was pretty shit that game, so we had nothing going on. AWB got a couple of interesting crosses in as well, which kind of highlights my point that the creativity was coming from our fullbacks more than anything.
What's the point of having VAR then? I don't know what is going on behind the scence but they've denied 4-5 clear penalties this season.I'm convinced all the talk of the penalties we got last season is playing a part this season.
I think refs are going into games determined to not give us a penalty.
The refs behind VAR are just a bunch of Yes men. And they don't want to piss off a colleague whom they have to meet after tha game. So they pat each other on backs and says good job. All correct decisions.What's the point of having VAR then? I don't know what is going on behind the scence but they've denied 4-5 clear penalties this season.
If we got the penalties we should have in the West Ham PL game we would have won easily.its funny but its also an absoute disaster because its directly impacting the clubs results and earnings (League cup being the prime example, and we got lucky against West Ham in the PL)