Assistant boss on how Blues' 4-3-3 formation can work just as well at home as it has away from Roots Hall
Assistant boss Dave Penney says Blues’ 4-3-3 system can work just as well at Roots Hall as it has done on the road in the last two games against Burton Albion and Oxford United.
Blues first moved to a 4-3-3 for the 2-0 win against Oxford before beating Burton 1-0 last weekend. In between those two results came a 5-2 JPT defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.
Though Blues used the formation in that defeat, Penney says it can be just as effective in front of the home faithful.
He said: “We’ve seen against Burton Albion and Oxford United that it worked very well, and in my opinion it worked against the Daggers other than that disappointing ten minute spell where we switched off.
“It works well because we have the natural width of Kevan Hurst on one side and then a more out and out striker on the left in Cauley Woodrow.
“The three in midfield work ever so hard and it allows them to get the ball moving, keep possession and look to build attacks rather than trying to force it.
“We have worked a little bit on getting numbers into the box a bit more. We threw caution to the wind last weekend and it paid off as we got that little bit of luck that maybe hadn’t gone our way earlier in the season.
“The performances at home, bar Morecambe, have been good and it’s now about turning those into wins. The lads are full of confidence after the last two league games and will be confident that they can beat Fleetwood on Friday night.”
Penney is expecting a tough test against the Cod Army and says Blues may be helped by the fact the visitors will come looking for all three points.
“Teams have sat off us and hit us on the counter attack this season, “ he said. “It will be interesting to see the way Fleetwood go about their business on Friday night.
“They’ve spent money in the summer and have a very good team. They’ve done well so far this season on the road playing almost a 4-1-4-1 formation.
“We’ll have to see how it goes, you can never tell whether it’s going to be a really open game until it gets underway. But as I’ve said, the players are confident and we’ve shown in the last two games we can match the top teams in this division.”