One thing we’ve talked a lot about recently is shots, how Fulham have allowed an awful lot of them and created very few. It’s a dangerous combination.
It isn’t however, the end of the world. Fulham seem stuck in a sort of tactical no-man’s land, neither playing a proper defensive game nor really attacking with much intent.
I strongly recommend reading both of these articles about how the team might change things around.
Step 1: the defensive shell. There are all sorts of stories about this but one that springs to mind is from the 90s Milan side, which would train attack v defence in one goal. The defence would expect to keep the attack out as long as it wanted to, the thinking being that as long as defensive players are where they are supposed to be, they’re not going to concede. The Shell is a real-life extension of this: football fans and pundits hate it when teams ‘sit too deep’ but analysis has shown that it’s actually a pretty good way to see out games, particularly if you bring on a defensive substitute as well. In the late stages of games you get in trouble being too open; if you take a ‘what we have, we hold’ approach you usually will indeed hold on. Jose Mourinho is big on this, taking the sting out of an advantageous position and effectively running out the game with no further alarms. His teams keep possession of the ball, keep a rigorous shape, and ensure that everything on the pitch is done on their terms, even when they don’t have the ball.
Step 2 is about counter-attacking, something that the article points out is one of the best way to create better chances in the modern game is to employ the counter-attack as deliberate strategy.
Anyway, have a read. Interesting stuff.