Category Archives: Tactics

League One’s Barcelona? What 58% possession actually tells us

Alex Cooke looks at how Swindon’s Bayern Munich-like dominance of the ball predicts big things This season Swindon have dominated the opposition and the ball. Town are top of the League One and top of the possession table. After 26 games their average possession has been a whopping 58.23%, almost five percentage points more than the Franchise (53.57%) Amazing isn’t

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5 defence is working overtime

Alex Cooke looks at how Swindon’s 3-5-2 is shaping up. Suddenly 3-5-2 is fashionable. With Manchester United struggling, everyone is suddenly keen to talk about three at the back, and closer to home, to compare Mark Cooper’s use of it with Louis Van Gaal’s. But Cooper’s 3-5-2 is slightly different to the one used at Old Trafford, and for Holland – despite

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Hall of Shame #27: Andy King’s hoofball kick-off routine

Alex Cooke looks back at a massive punt and a manager who didn’t changed his kick-off plan, despite years of repeated failure. You must remember it. It happened at every Swindon kick-off under Andy King, game after game after game: Sammy Igoe (or similar) tapped the ball slightly forward. Then, (often) Matt Hewlett swung the ball over the heads of

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