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Kilmarnock U19s Analysis Report


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Kilmarnock U19s Analysis Report

  1. 1. Match ReportCompetition – S.P.L. U19s LeagueVenue – Hibernian Training CentreFixture – Hibernian U19s v KILMARNOCK U19sDate – 18/02/12 Max Rogers
  2. 2. 1 2 (38) Johnson (10) Lindsay (27) Kick-Off – 12pm Weather – Very windy, game delayed in the first half due to a snow/sleet storm Pitch – SoftMax Rogers
  3. 3. System of Play  Kilmarnock opted for a reasonably solid but flexible 4-5-1 formation. At times No. 10 Lindsay would move closer to No. 9 Winchester creating a 4-2-3-1 shape. The other option they had was to push No. 7 Taylor and No. 11 Johnson closer to No 9. Winchester. This could be considered to be a more attacking adjustment as they were now utilizing the 4-3-3 formation.Max Rogers
  4. 4.  The 4-5-1 formation which they started out with meant they were quite happy to concede possession of the ball and hit Hibernian on the counter attack. At times though they failed to support their lone striker. No. 9 Winchester provided a lot of energy up front and worked extremely hard to force errors in the Hibernian defence.  The three central midfielders all took turns to support attacks, often leaving one to provide cover for the defence. They struggled when put under pressure when facing their own goal. Neither one was particularly adept in the air and lost the majority of headers. The two wide players – No. 7 Taylor and No. 11 Johnson – always provided width, however Taylor played a bit more defensively than Johnson perhaps to offer more protection to the right back.  Both full backs broke from the defensive line but rarely overlapped their winger. No. 3 Thorburn was more attacking but positioned himself to support the winger from behind instead of getting in front of him to stretch the defence. He can be slow on the turn and may struggle against a tricky winger.  Both centre backs No. 5 Ashcroft and No. 2 Barbour were not really starting the attacks. They preferred to play simple passes out wide to either full back or in field to a central midfielder. Both are strong in the air but found it difficult clearing the ball when facing their own goal.Max Rogers
  5. 5. The PlayersGoalkeeper - Russell CadwellRight footed. Was never really tested throughout the game although he did make a fantasticreaction save from a close range header. Is comfortable with the ball at his feet andprovides quick and accurate distribution. May struggle with high balls due to his smallstature.Right Back – Ross FisherRight footed. Solid defender who enjoys defending rather than attacking. Caught a bit toonarrow at times which enabled Hibernian to attack down their left and get crosses into thebox.Left Back – Greig ThorburnRight footed. More attacking than the right back although he can be caught out with a quickattacking transition due to his lack of pace. Linked up well with the left midfielder andprovided constant width and support.Centre Back – Lee AshcroftRight footed. Had a comfortable game against the Hibernian attackers. Commanding in theair although he can struggle with quick link up play via one touch passing. Kept the defenceorganised and concentrated throughout the second half.Centre Back – Ross BarbourRight footed. Like Ashcroft he gave a solid performance throughout the 90 minutes. Good inthe air and comfortable in possession of the ball.Right Midfield – Mark TaylorRight footed. Didn’t really get involved in much of the game as he played quite defensively.Made one good run in the first half to try and get on the end of a through ball played inbehind the Hibernian defence.Central Midfield – Ross LindsayRight footed. Was given more of an attacking role than his fellow central midfielders. Heworked well with the striker and was always offering support alongside him. Showed thiswhen he broker from midfield to score the second goal.Central Midfield – Jon StynesRight footed. The most defensive of the three midfielders, he looked to protect the backfour during attacks. He did sometimes get forward with another midfielder filling in for him.Max Rogers
  6. 6. Caught on the ball a few times when facing his own goal and didn’t looked comfortable withunder high pressure.Central Midfield – Ross DavidsonRight footed. Played as a box-to-box midfielder which highlighted his high energy levels. Hasa very good long range passing ability and liked to switch the ball to the other side of thepitch in order to initiate a counter attack.Left Midfield – Chrissy JohnsonLeft footed. Attacking winger with lots of pace and trickery. His small stature means that hecan be quite difficult to knock of the ball due to good balance. He is very one footedhowever. Exhibited his free kick ability with a great strike from the right hand side of thepitch, curling the ball into the top right hand corner.Striker – Jude WinchesterRight footed. Fantastic work rate and seemed to relish his role as a lone striker. Nevercomplained towards his team mates that he wasn’t getting support to close down theHibernian defenders. Very strong striker who can come deep to receive the ball to feet tolink up play or in the channels to run onto.Max Rogers
  7. 7. Attacking PlayFirst Half Type of Attack 37% 63% Direct Patient Kilmarnock started the game by playing direct passes through the middle of the pitch to ease their way into the contest. After five minutes or so they began using the flanks, especially the left, to construct patient attacks involving three or four players.They only crossed the ball into the box three times during the first half, all of which wereintercepted by a Hibernian player and cleared safely. They did at times struggle to getplayers into the box to support their lone striker, although they did favour playing throughthe defensive channels.Max Rogers
  8. 8. Second Half Type of Attack 41% 59% Direct Patient Due to their change in formation in the second half, Kilmarnock played a bit more direct as they looked to keep Hibernian away from their goal. The majority of the play was again directed towards their left hand side. In the last ten minutes, as they were holding on, every counter attack was initiated via a long pass.In the second half they didn’t cross the ball very often, twice in all, with both crosses yetagain not finding a Kilmarnock player.Max Rogers
  9. 9. Attacking Patterns At goal kicks one centre back, depending on the side of the goal the kick was taken, would drop to the edge of the 18 yard box. This allowed Kilmarnock to start their possession based attack. In the second half all the goal kicks were aimed towards the left hand side of the pitch. When No. 1 Cadwell had the ball in hand he rarely kicked it long. Again in an attempt to build-up patiently he chose to throw the ball to either full back for them to then distribute further. In an effort to draw the Hibernian defenders out of position on both sides of pitch No. 9 Winchester dropped deep to receive the ball from the midfield players who had drawn their opposing midfielders onto them through neat passing play. This created space in between the lines of defence and midfield which allowed Winchester to turn on the ball and play a through ball to the winger.Max Rogers
  10. 10. In a similar build-up situation, Kilmarnock looked to exploit their ball playing ability. From the right hand side they recycled possession of the ball which again drew the opponents across. The ball was then quickly switched across to the left hand side and they subsequently countered and scored a goal.Max Rogers
  11. 11. Defensive Play  In the first half Kilmarnock generally defended quite deep. This did cause them some problems when the ball was around their box as Hibernian played with a high tempo and looked to get in behind the defence at every opportunity with one touch football.  A result of this fast attacking play, Kilmarnock’s defenders began diving into tackles which were being read by the Hibernian forwards who just knocked the ball past them.  Their midfield demonstrated a very slow defensive transition when Hibernian countered them. Late runs into the box were seldom picked up by the Kilmarnock defenders and created scoring opportunities.  The focus in the second half for Kilmarnock was to hold on to their one goal lead. They did this extremely well and remained very disciplined, this time exhibiting much more efficient and quicker defensive transitions. This allowed them to set up a very deep defensive block that Hibernian struggled to break. First Half Second Half  Hibernian’s goal came from a corner kick. The attacker lost his marker and was allowed to score a free header. Throughout the game the Kilmarnock defenders looked uncomfortable when dealing with driven crosses into the area between the six yard box and penalty area. Hibernian failed to exploit this enough.Max Rogers
  12. 12. Set-PiecesCorners Against Corner For 1 Corner For 2 Corner For 3Free Kick For 1 Free Kick For 2 Max Rogers
  13. 13. The first re-start Kilmarnock had saw the striker play the ball back into a central midfielder. He then attempted to turn on the ball however he had been quickly closed down by the Hibernian strikers who regained possession of the ball.Max Rogers