Hodgson Explains Why He Dropped Vicente Guaita Against Burnley

2 Posted by - March 5, 2019 - News

Roy Hodgson has given some context over his decision to start Wayne Hennessey in place of fan-favourite Vicente Guaita against Burnley, a decision from the gaffer which was vindicated with the Eagles running out 3-1 winners at Turf Moor. 

Guaita’s absence from the starting XI shocked many, as did the boss’ call to drop Andros Townsend to the bench and start Max Meyer in his place. The German’s involvement from the start is something many people (including myself) have been crying out for for weeks now but few if any expected Roy to actually do it when faced with taking on Sean Dyche’s side on their own patch. 

His reasoning for the rotation of outfield players came down simply to the sheer number of games we’ve played over the last seven days, with our trip to Lancashire bringing our third match in that time but when it came to the swap of personnel in between the sticks, Hodgson’s came down to tactics rather than any perceived level of fatigue for the Spaniard.  

It’s a well known fact that Dyche’s Burnley are both big and physical in their approach to the beautiful game, with the likes of Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood and Peter Crouch regularly relied upon to challenge both defenders and goalkeepers aerially over the course of 90 minutes. With that in mind, it seems Roy opted for Hennessey thanks to his extra height, with the ends justifying the means for all to see at full-time. 

Whether or not the Welshman will keep the starting role when Brighton come to south London this Saturday remains to be seen; I know I would prefer to see Guaita in between the sticks but I’ve given up trying to second guess the gaffer’s decision making at this point; we’ll just have to wait and see what surprises the starting XI throws up.

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  • tzcar March 5, 2019 - 8:15 am Reply

    i doubt it,hennessay was badly at fault for the burnley goal.

  • Gordon March 5, 2019 - 9:42 am Reply

    Yes, Hennessey was arguably at fault not knowing whether to come for the ball or stay put – but it has to be said that he was left terribly exposed by Townsend who allowed Westwood to deliver his cross unchallenged & Tomkins who switched off giving Barnes a free header. On balance I thought Hennessey played well. His save against Crouch was incredible.

  • tzcar March 5, 2019 - 3:48 pm Reply

    no so sure about that gordon.for me hennessay never really inspires confidence. i feel defenders respond better to guitia,a more calming infleunce.and if the stoke goalie comes in,it think it,s likely he and benteke will be out.

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