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    Baddesley Bill wrote:
    DisplacedFan wrote:
    Any thoughts on why from the outset we never got control of the midfield?
    Leeds never gave us a chance to settle...we were nervous and looked like we expected more space to play our usual game. In truth, I was a little disappointed with the passing (Puncheon, Cork and even Chaplow appeared to give the ball away too easily). No critisism though...the Leeds players ran their socks off to disrupt our game and if they had a Lambert...even KD wouldn't have saved us! Great game to watch though (but my heart requires something more of a steady, easy win on Tuesday!!!!)
    We have, through out the season, been susceptible to teams who either close us down in mid field or play high tempo football because our midfield players tend to be one paced.

    On Saturday Leeds did both from the start of game. As Warnock said in the post match interview his team worked very hard today. And some of his players had never worked that hard before in their careers as professional footballers.

    At the start of the season we were trying to play that type of game. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. We were successful at home but not so successful away from home. We then changed from a high tempo game to a slower build up from the back. Kelvin rolling the ball out to split centre backs in the full back positions with Jack Cork dropping back towards the penalty area to cover the the areas the centre backs had vacated.

    This worked for a while until teams sussed it out and split their strikers to cover the centre backs. In turn they pushed up from the back, condensed mid filed and pressed the ball. The result was we had a lot of possession but most of it was in our own half and we were always under pressure. Once we had been sussed the mid season slump started.

    When Billy Sharp and Chung arrived Nigel changed the tactics again starting with the home game against Burnley and Kelvin started to kick the ball long again to the front men, largely bypassing the midfield. Since then we have started to win games home and away. We have good possession
    but more of it is in the opposition's half rather than our own half which is a big improvement and has resulted in us conceding fewer goals.

    When the ball is in their half we can score and they can't; simple.

    Leeds are the first team to test our 'new' tactics and they nearly got the better of us. But an outstanding performance by Kelvin got us the points.

    I think our new tactics will see us through to promotion but because we tend to be a bit one paced in mid field we will always be vulnerable to teams who press the ball and hustle us.

    Like Bill I look forward to an easier win on Tuesday but we do have to bear in mind Ipswich will have watched our game against Leeds and may adopt the same tactics."
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Adkins hails "unbeatable" Davis

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

Nigel Adkins hailed Kelvin Davis as “unbeatable” for his match winning performance at Leeds.

The Saints keeper made a series of incredible saves to earn his side a 1-0 victory at Elland Road in a game they had no right to win on the balance of chances.

The reaction of Davis’ teammates at the final whistle – embracing him in the six yard box - told not only the story of his performance but the potential importance of the win as Saints took another step towards the Premier League.

Adkins said: “He was unbeatable, outstanding.

“He has been in good form.

“He trains very hard, Jim Stannard works him hard and him, Bart and Tommy Forecast work very hard every day and all that hard work is paying off.”

He added: “Kelvin Davis had an outstanding game, the defenders in front of him put their bodies on the line and when things aren’t going your way you’ve got to show character, you’ve got to show resolve and the players have gone and done that.

“They stuck together and ground out a fantastic three points.”

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