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Slav’s stadium training plan isn’t full answer

slaven-bilic-west-ham-manager-press-conference_3364517Fair play to Slaven Bilic. Hewants to train at the London Stadium in order for the lads to become better adjusted to the place.

He explained: ” The pitch at our training ground at Rush Green is the same size as the one we play on at Stratford but you can’t replicate what is unique about the London Stadium. It would certainly help.”

Ok, it all sounds reasonable although if I’m honest I’m not entirely sure what it means. Nor do I get what is unique about the stadium when it’s empty.

Personally I don’t subscribe to this stadium problem theory given that we are being beaten pretty conclusively home and away and I reckon we all know why.

We have seen some of the most awful defending in the world with  – as CandH’s columnist Leroy Rosenior pointed out – more shots being directed at our goal from inside the box than any other team in the League.

Our problems have little to do with the stadium in my view and are far more about a collective loss of form – notably amomg our defenders.

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I’m sure Slav and the backroom staff are working on it all and I’m expecting a win tomorrow and am sure the boss will fix it long term.

However, if he feels training at the stadium will improve things fair enough. Give it a go.



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9 comments on “Slav’s stadium training plan isn’t full answer

  1. It is different playing in the stadium than on the training ground Hugh, the players are unfamiliar with our new ground and anything that speeds up that process is a step in the right direction, they need it to feel like a place they are comfortable coming too and have some good memories in, if they can do things in training on the pitch there is no reason they might not expect to do the same in a game. Thats my opinion anyway for what its worth and also Slav is in such a tight spot he has to be seen to be trying everything doesn’t he ?

  2. Nothing ventured nothing gained as they say.Why not do it,you never know it might help.Its all in the head sometimes 🙂

  3. Yeah I think it’s worth a shot! I think a lot if our form is down to change and the quicker we get comfortable with the new surroundings the better. Good call I say.

  4. One of either ginge or Reid or Tomkins used to run out and meet attackers head on outside our own penalty area with a challenge. Now they both seem to sit back or back off into our own penalty area inviting the attacker on. Has there been a change in defensive policy? Maybe ginge hasn’t got the legs for it anymore and maybe Reid was picking up too many injuries. Maybe it’s a mental thing. Also why does the West Ham illuminated sign above the stadium only have the words West and united illuminated of a nighttime. Is it a the bulb has blown in the word ham. B to avoid light pollution regulations. C to promote Westfield shopping centre. D because nobody has switched Ham on. E nobody has noticed ornobody gives a flying fig.

  5. Its turning into a bad week for BFS & his buddies.Now his best mate Furry Hands Keys has been shown up to be the ar#ehole he really is hahaha

    • What’s he done then Rick? Another comment about women or has he broke his knuckles on the floor while dragging them along while simply walking 🙂

  6. Sounds like a plan to me. Whilst the conditions during training might be artificial for the first 80 minutes, they will replicate the match day atmosphere for the last 10 anyway!

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