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Life Under Cook Since He Became Boss.

Life Under Cook Since He Became Boss.

Someone said to me today, would it be better to play a 4-5-1 formation at away matches only and play a more attacking formation at home?

So I decided I would look at the results Under Cook to answer this question.

First the away fixtures:

Bradford City. 0-0
Bristol Rovers. 2-3
Plymouth. 1-0
Port Vale. 2-0
Southend 0-3
Accrington Stanley. 0-1
Wycombe 1-2
Rochdale. 1-1
Rotherham. 0-1
Dagenham. 1-0
Cheltenham. 0-1
Oxford United 1-0
Torquay. 1-2
Burton Albion 1-0

Home Fixtures:

Oxford United. 2-1
Cheltenham. 4-1
Burton Albion. 1-1
York City. 3-0
Morecambe. 1-1
Northampton. 3-0
Southend. 0-1
AFC Wimbledon. 2-0
Gillingham. 0-1
Aldershot. 0-0
Bristol Rovers. 2-0

Out of the 14 away fixtures under Cook, we have won 5, drawn 2 and lost 7 scoring 11 and conceding 14. The home record which has only 11 fixtures is, won 6, drawn 3 and lost 2 scoring 18 and conceding 6 goals.

Looking at the statistics even though we have played 3 less fixtures at home, we have still scored 7 more goals and conceded 8 less and won 1 more and lost 5 less. Although your home record should be better than your away record. I don't think playing the 4-5-1 at home as had a negative impact as some people might think. Cook has played to the strengths of the team by playing 4-5-1 it gives the defence more cover, which as seen our defensive record improve dramatically. We now have the second best defensive record in league 2 behind leaders Gillingham. The fact we are thin on the ground attacking wise as meant we have had to play just one up front. Next season with more strikers coming in, and a more balanced side there might be a better chance of playing a 4-4-2 formation. The fact we don't have a natural left midfield hasn't helped. Cook has already targeted a left midfielder for next season.

It will be interesting to see who comes into the club in the summer and wether the 4-5-1 is scrapped altogether or used sparingly or when Cook feels that he needs to play the formation in certain games.












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Writer:Deano The Spireite
Date:Saturday March 30 2013
Time: 9:08PM

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