The plan to stop Bony

SAllardyceSam Allardyce knows the only way to stop Wilfried Bony is by mounting a massive team effort for there’s no simple way of marking the Ivorian international.

The Swansea danger man is a real threat to the Hammers tomorrow (Sun) and Allardyce’s theory is to shut down the entire Swans’ midfield.

And only if that fails he will assign his defenders to closely mark him and try and knock the striker off the ball.

He said: “I think it is very difficult to stop him. In the main it’ll be about not only the defenders but the team as a whole stopping the supply.

“If you work hard on shutting down their midfield and wide areas and limit the supply then that is the best way forward but that won’t happen all the time.

“When I say we have to get tight on him, we have to be aware of him without getting too tight because he is very strong and very skilful and to knock him off the ball is not an easy task.

“He seems to be able to roll a lot of defenders and hit the ball in the same movement. He is a threat in the air and it will be very interesting for our lads to compete against someone in such good goal scoring form and hopefully on the day we can keep him quiet.”

The Irons can move  to within nine points of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League if they clinch all three points.


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3 comments on “The plan to stop Bony

  1. Is there a reason why its all about stopping them? Surely a home match with a full squad should be about us taking the game to them! His whole attitude is negative instead of positive.Nothing wrong in respecting your opposition but really we are above them and at home. Does this mean Nolan and Cole get squad places? Surely Nolan should be rested a la Gerrard so he is fit for the next game.

  2. Yeah you are right Steve, let’s not worry about Bony, let’s give their midfield as much of the ball as possible and encourage them to hit Bony.

    Does it occur to you that Sam is answering a question put to him by a reporter?

  3. You really don’t get it Rugby do you. He was asked by a journalist how he would deal with the bony threat and he answered. Ridiculous as usual

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