slingsby_pobble wrote:lyndhurst13 wrote: I may be wrong here, but the way I saw it Fleetwood did not aggressively press the back 3(4), they closely marked the midfield (and wing backs); this completely shut off any accurate outlet and resulted in seemingly endless,uncontested, passes between the back 3. Eventually, the only option was to hoof it. Aimson is beginning to live up to his "aimless" tag and seems incapable to hitting an argyle shirt. Watts is better but the control of our front 2(3) was terrible and our midfield was non-existant.
It was a simple yet clever tactic by Fleetwood that we couldn't counter.
I can see your point, it didn't seem to be so much the back 3 that were pressed, as much as the midfield outlet being so tightly marked there were no options for back 3 to pass to - other than each other, and keeper. Our long ball game suffers from both the shortcomings you've described - no long-pass accuracy and no ability to pick up or hold the ball once received.
I think was a bit of both. When the back 3 are not being pressed they should be able to bring it forward and have more time to pick passes.