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Town boss says the nation needs to get over rigid formation
MARK Cooper feels the nation’s infatuation with 4-4-2 needs to come to an end, saying that formations in modern football are becoming quickly indefinable.
The Swindon Town boss has employed what can be best described as a 4-3-3 this season, though pundits calling the system a 4-5-1 or 4-2-3-1 could hardly be mocked for their judgement.
For many years English football has been a staunch supporter of a flat midfield four. Now, Cooper feels, formations can shapeshift mid-match.
He said: “People get obsessed about 4-4-2. Any system is the same within five yards - one player shifts five yards and it becomes whatever system you want.
“Have we got players that can play 4-4-2? You need two wingers. You’ve got (Alex) Pritchard but I’m not sure we’ve got another one who can play in an orthodox 4-4-2.
“We’ll have a look at it, we’ll watch bits of Preston and then decide and work on it.
“We played 4-4-2 in the second half against Chelsea, we just did it without any wide men.
“We had two up top and four in midfield, but we didn’t have two stood on the touchline and two in front of the back four.
“There are different ways of doing it but of course we’re going to try to attack and try to win the game.”
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