International Match of the Week: Czech Republic 1-0 Scotland


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Gavin says:

    It’s easy to read too much into formations – but yeah, there’s no doubt we were playing defensively tonight. Away to a better side, and given the respective defensive and attacking talents available to us, I think that was the only sensible way to approach the game, much as you might quibble with the exact set-up or players involved.

    It didn’t work, so I’m sure the ‘papers will give him pelters in the morning, but I certainly don’t want to see him changed, that’d be daft. Qualification is still very much alive anyway, we’ve just used up our margin for error. (Assuming we don’t get anything from Spain.)

  2. The sheer number of typos suggests this was typed in haste, though congratulations are in order for the level-headed tone. Make no mistake that this was a catastrophic error of judgement for a professional coach, and Levein’s failure to adjust an obviously failing tactic (and even worse, to declare it to have been both working and the right move post-match) has almost certainly cost Scotland their chance of second place and Levein his chance of a high-profile job in football in future.

  3. Allan says:

    I kind of read the formation as 4-2-4-0. I think the problem with Scotland’s performance wasn’t so much the formation, rather than the quality of scotland’s passing while in posesion. With a second game in a row where Scotland have been poor at passing and ball retention, it is this that we should be worried about, rather than a percieved 4-6-0 formation.

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