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Some interesting stuff on the blogs post-Newcastle.

Timmy noticed that Danny Murphy was focused on shutting down Steven Taylor on Saturday, presuming denying the centre back the space to move forward with the ball. Timmy also pointed that Murphy then proceeded to play in that space. Intriguing, as I haven’t noticed that sort of tactical ploy in too many games. There’s also more excellent artwork – featuring Diomansy Kamara.

Rich has been busy with the chalkboards again, noting that we don’t allow our central midfielders venture too high up the pitch away from the Cottage. Etuhu’s tracking back was another pleasing feature of a fine performance.

Certainly worth studying further.