Monthly Archives: December 2016

Brentford sit deep for Norwich draw

When Dean Smith planned Brentford’s tactics before their 0-0 draw with Norwich at the end of December, perhaps the 5-0 thrashing by the same team earlier that month was in his thoughts. Until Robbie Brady was sent off for their opponents late on, Smith’s men showed no attacking intent and looked happy with a point. They got… Read more →

Preston v Sheff Wed: canny Carvalhal

In the infancy of Carlos Carvalhal’s reign as Sheffield Wednesday manager, The Football Lab questioned whether he had the shrewdness to curtail his attacking tactics against stronger opposition. After the Owls won 1-0 at Newcastle on Boxing Day, it is safe to say that such suspicions are long gone. He moved Daniel Pudil to left midfield… Read more →