Exclusive Interview | Gary Dicker

I met with my Kilmarnock team-mate Gary Dicker after he successfully completed his UEFA A coaching badge with the Northern Irish FA. Gary has been a key man for Killie this season, racking up 36 games. He has also contributed 1 goal and some very important assists. Gary has previously played for UCD (Ireland), Birmingham…

My Best 11

Previous clubs: Manchester United, Derby County, Burnley, Hartlepool United (loan), York City (loan), Kilmarnock (loan). International Honours: England u16 – u17. Jamie MacDonald Matt Lowton                         Miles Addison                       Michael Keane         Tyler Blackett Raheem Sterling               Paul Pogba                             Nick Powell          Nathan Redmond Ravel Morrison Will Keane Jamie MacDonald ‘Jammer’ is…

My experience of playing as a full-back

Full back is a very important position in modern day football. In my opinion it’s the position that has probably evolved the most in the last 15-20 years. In my early days in the Academy at Man United I was always a central midfielder. It wasn’t until I was 19 that I was converted into becoming a full-back….

Tactical Analysis – Liverpool 2-0 Spurs

Liverpool produced an impressive display against Tottenham in a 2-0 win at Anfield on Saturday. The Reds’ performance was vintage Jurgen Klopp. Their high intensity pressing game forced Spurs into errors and turnovers that led to chances on goal. Klopp’s tactics were hardly surprising, this is the “heavy metal” identity which he demands that his teams play with. However,…

Tactical Analysis: Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal

Chelsea sealed their ninth straight home Premier League win on against Arsenal as the Blues ran out 3-1 winners. Many of their qualities which they have shown for the past few months were yet again on show to great effect. The deep defending, the lethal speed of their counter-attacks and the advantages offered by their 3-4-3…

How to play attacking football

There are many ways to attack. Here, I am going to give you a professional insight into different and effective ways to attack the opposition. Win the ball high up the pitch There are several ways to defend without the ball. You can try with a high press and try to win the ball back…

Tactical Analysis – Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

Manchester United and Liverpool played out their second draw in the Premier League this season. However, this game was a contest of far greater intensity, drama and tactical interest than the last fixture in October. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp switched his shape to a 4-4-2 diamond. This allowed Adam Lallana, who played at the tip of the…

Developing players and not positions

It always frustrates me whenever I ask kids: “What position do you play?” and they reply “Striker” or “Full-back”. Why at such an early age are parents and coaches pigeon holling certain positions to kids? This is where the English game at grassroots level has to change in my opinion. I often watch the English national team…

The 4-4-2 Formation

The 4-4-2 formation might have become out of fashion in the modern game. However, in my opinion, I think it is one of the most under rated formations. These days managers and back room staff seem to work for hours and hours every week  in order to crack the best system which suits their team and…

Tactical Analysis: Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal

Manchester City and Arsenal faced each other at the Etihad stadium. Where City ran out 2-1 winners over the Gunners. ARSENAL’S DEFENSIVE TACTICS It was obvious in the first half that Arsenal sat back and looked to hit back on the counter which made it difficult for City to penetrate the Arsenal backline. City are still…

Zonal Marking in England

After many years of referees threatening to clamp down on excessive grappling from set-pieces, this season has seen a number of penalties been awarded for holding and shirt-pulling more than ever. We have since seen an increase in the number of set-piece goals (0.65 per game) which has led to marking from corners coming under scrutiny. It…

Chelsea’s 3-4-3 Formation under Antonio Conte

Chelsea have shown the benefits of their new 3-4-3 system in a display that has Antonio Conte’s fingerprints all over it. Like his Italy side at Euro 2016, Chelsea are now showcasing predetermined moves in attack, dynamic wing-backs and a well-drilled back three that gave nothing away, which has seen an upturn in their recent…