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Swansea City: 4-4-2 vs 4-5-1

Swansea City: 4-4-2 vs 4-5-1
Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez has used two main formations this season, 4-4-2 and 4-5-1 although he refers to it as 4-3-3 with two attacking wingers.

The Spaniard has often switched between them for certain games, early on in the season he used 4-4-2 and after a string of average results at home, he tried out 4-5-1, much to the belief of the fans.

Most of us instantly thought Roberto was turning negative all of a sudden, but it proved to be an excellent change at the Liberty Stadium and has worked wonders for us ever since.

Despite that though, I did think he got it wrong to use 4-5-1 against Oldham on Saturday. Each formation suits the players we have available. For instance, last weekend, we had Darren Pratley out along with Paul Anderson. Pratley's midfield partnership with Bodde and Britton in a 5-man midfield works wonders but without him, and playing the inexperienced Joe Allen just didn't work.

Another thing 4-5-1 isn't suited to is resting Jason Scotland and playing Guillem Bauza up front on his own. He seems to struggle without a strike partner and if he is going to play I think it should be in a 4-4-2.

His introduction against Oldham was vital however as he simply won us the game. His energy and skill played a huge role in getting the winning goal - courtesy of Manchester United loanee Febian Brandy.

I definitely think 4-5-1 works best at home, especially if we have Pratley and Bodde available along with 2 wingers. It urges the wingers to get forward and it enables us to get more men forward but without exposing the defence on the counter-attack.

I'd imagine Martinez will go for 4-4-2 away at Crewe on Saturday. He usually chooses that formation away from home and I think Bauza deserves another start. I think Jason Scotland's position could come under threat if Brandy keeps up his goalscoring form. Scotland lacks a lot of effort in games and in those where we need to battle for everything against a strong and solid side (like Oldham last Saturday) we need energetic players fighting for every loose ball, just like Guillem Bauza when he came on.

What are your views on the formations used by Roberto Martinez?


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Date:Monday February 4 2008
Time: 12:14PM


Stick with what he's been doing, either imo, whatever suits against the team we play
04/02/2008 12:24:00
he usually goes 4-4-2 away and i would at crewe, get bauza playing then. though who to drop in midfield?
04/02/2008 13:07:00
Prats is available to play again so he's the natural choice to partner Bodde with Butler and Britton on the wings.
04/02/2008 14:59:00
Beinag able to mix and match formation aswell as personel has helped us get into the position we are in now! No need to change something that is working as well as we are! Except a quality CB or 2 in the summer!
jack hammers
04/02/2008 22:00:00
4-5-1 against Oldham did not work. But he had the subs to be able to change to 4-4-2 and this worked to our advantage. Whatever he chooses against Crew, he has the squad to change the formation.
04/02/2008 22:50:00
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