VIDEO: Carragher Picks Apart Palace’s Defensive Frailties Under Pardew

2 Posted by - November 22, 2016 - News, Video

Monday Night Football’s pre-match analysis of the previous weekend’s games has become something of a must-watch hour of TV for football geeks in recent years and last night, regular co-host Jamie Carragher dedicated a segment of the show to Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace.

This video sees Carragher picking apart Pardew’s recent struggles as Palace boss. The outlook isn’t bright for Super Al…

Interspersed with a bevvy of statistics that would prompt even the most optimistic of Palace fans to wince, Carragher shines a light on the issues that vast swathes of our fan-base have had for the vast majority of the last 12 months. Whilst Pardew has often spoken of a “transition” from a counter-attacking team to one that uses possession to dictate the pace of play, our defensive frailties are constantly forcing us to climb a figurative mountain in the search for three points.

Indeed, Pardew made the immediate decision to speak about a need to “remove the shackles” from our team when he arrived at the end of 2015, keen to shift our focus towards scoring freely rather than keeping things tight at the back but this term, the relative lack of focus on defensive solidarity is costing us dear time and time again. Obviously, there is no magic formula for success in the Premier League but as Tony Pulis proved when occupying the Selhurst Park dugout, clean sheets are a solid foundation for top flight survival when the heat is truly on.

In many ways, Pardew’s desire to pilot Crystal Palace towards a more expansive style of play is admirable but in a league with such humongous financial penalties attached to failure, he may well be destined to fall on his sword. He still has his fair share of backers on the Selhurst terraces but with a loss to Swansea on Saturday almost sure to see us dropping into the relegation zone, the patience of many is wearing dangerously thin.

What are your thoughts on Carragher’s comments?

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9 Comments

  • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh November 22, 2016 - 10:40 am Reply

    Does anyone else think maybe switching to 3 at the back would help us shore up the porous defence?

    Something along the lines of:
    – Mandanda –
    Tomkins – Dann – Damo/Kelly

    • admin November 22, 2016 - 10:41 am Reply

      In essence, I agree with you.

      My issue arises when searching for players who works hard enough to function properly in a five man midfield on the flanks.

      Thoughts?

    • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh November 22, 2016 - 10:43 am Reply

      With
      Ward – Mcarthur – Flamini – Fryers
      Zaha – Benteke/Wickham – Puncheon

      I feel like Fryers is the only real option at LB but at wingback his defensive frailty would be covered by a third CB. Flamini guarding the back would allow McArthur license to roam and he also has experience of winning games playing passing football. Would be harsh to drop Cabeye but i prefer McArthur

    • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh November 22, 2016 - 10:43 am Reply

      With
      Ward – Mcarthur – Flamini – Fryers
      Zaha – Benteke/Wickham – Puncheon

      I feel like Fryers is the only real option at LB but at wingback his defensive frailty would be covered by a third CB. Flamini guarding the back would allow McArthur license to roam and he also has experience of winning games playing passing football. Would be harsh to drop Cabeye but i prefer McArthur.

      • admin November 22, 2016 - 10:46 am Reply

        Blimey… That’s like blowing up the rule book and starting all over again, mate. I do like it though… Have you been just a tad influenced by Conte’s success with Chelsea and a back three?

        • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh November 22, 2016 - 10:57 am Reply

          Slightly, a lot of teams seem to be having success with it lately and i just feel having a back 3/5 would allow us to keep a bloody clean sheet! Like you said, CHelsea were pretty leaky before the switch. Fryers and Ward have the work rate to be wingbacks and then Wilf/Punch would be fine to track back from the forward three.

          Ledley has the legs to work in a midfield four but at the minute his form isn’t good enough. Giving Wickham a chance may also be a good idea as he is a confidence player and also works hard.

          I feel Pards starts the same 11 every game and even makes the same subs (Fryers for Kelly, Chung for Punch/Ledley and Wickham for Townsend). The recent performances haven’t been awful, just sloppy errors. Maybe a change like this would allow those errors to be covered whilst still enabling attacking football.

          If we do get rid of Pardew (something i am undecided on). I would much rather go for De Boer or Klinnsman over Big Sam/Coleman. The former play the football the board want and the CV to back it up, bar their most recent respective positions. I don’t care about the premier league experience nonsense. Guidolin kept Swansea up and Watford never go with English managers yet seem to always improve.

          • admin November 22, 2016 - 11:01 am

            For me, 10 clean sheets in 23 months under Pardew point towards a problem that is greater than decisions over formations. I completely understand your POV with the 3-man defence but I feel as though a change is needed at the top.

            Personally, I’d be happy to take Big Sam, purely because he’d sort us out from a defensive perspective. Managers like De Boer would be better coming in at the start of a summer rather than being parachuted in mid-season IMO.

          • Jose Fonte Baby! Jose Fonte, Oh, Oh, Oh November 22, 2016 - 11:10 am

            Big Sam would do that but it would also bring awful football, dodgy transfer that he takes a massive cut of and his recent history. I just cannot stand him.

            I agree that a manager like that would be better for pre-season but as i said, Guidolin managed to keep Swansea up last season, and, if i am honest, was so unlucky to get the boot given the fixture list they had.

            Part of Pards problem is his team. Its just an old boys club of yes men. Something which i am sure he loves. I would love it to work for him but at the same time the results and errors are just not good enough.

          • admin November 22, 2016 - 11:13 am

            Preaching to the converted in terms of the main themes of your annoyance, mate.

            Let’s hope for a drastic change soon.

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