Fulham 1-2 Brighton (bit late, not that late though)

Right. Here we go again. Having read the internet I had expected to see an even game in which Brighton started well and Fulham finished well. People – and the manager, if I haven’t imagined it – seemed to think that Fulham deserved at least a point, but that feels iffy from here. Brighton dominated… More Fulham 1-2 Brighton (bit late, not that late though)

Grumble

True Detective Season 2 just finished. I loved it. Nobody else seemed to, to the point where it took until mid afternoon on the Tuesday after the last episode before I found a positive review, a review that felt the same as I did. Everyone else just got negative and complained. Here’s the thing though:… More Grumble

Gone fishing: Fulham looking for chance creators

There’s a story, in his first autobiography I think, how Sir Alex Ferguson sold Jaap Stam in part because his tackling stats were declining. Then someone pointed out that Paulo Maldini’s tackling stats were non-existent. The lesson learned here is that using tackling numbers to evaluate defenders doesn’t really tell you much. It feels like… More Gone fishing: Fulham looking for chance creators

On crosses

This talks about something I’ve (I think?) been banging on about for ages.  Crossing can be a really inefficient way to attack. I think the part missing here is that wide play in attack is essential.  Somehow you need to find space to attack in, otherwise your shots will be blocked, charged down, etc. I remember… More On crosses

Patrick Roberts, young players, and how to develop them properly

Let’s suppose I want to become an expert at throwing screwed up balls of paper into my bin. If I sit next to the bin and hold the paper above the bin, I can be fairly sure I’ll hit my target just by opening my fingers and letting the paper fall downwards. That takes little… More Patrick Roberts, young players, and how to develop them properly

Mike Rigg

] A bit of googling is quite instructive here, isn’t it?  I’m not saying he’s going to be the answer – how can we know – but he seems to be a thoroughly modern football man. A Mark Hughes man, too, interestingly enough. This is interesting, for instance: * Built up a 30-strong worldwide scouting… More Mike Rigg

Too old, too young: Fulham and player peak ages

A man named Michael Caley has used Opta data to plot the percentage minutes of Premier League games played by people of each age.  If you think football is a halfway efficient market (managers are generally picking their best players) then this should be extremely interesting. So: just 2% of Premier League minutes were played by… More Too old, too young: Fulham and player peak ages