No one in front of the man at the near post to prevent the flick on
No one assigned to attack the first ball, just take your zone
our players invariably freeze on the second ball in a set piece situation
meaning if we dont win the first ball, we are ####ed
thats defensive tactics / set up
Secondly, for all our possession, we rarely created much
Bournemouth sat deep, at times they invited us to have long range efforts which we rarely did, we tried the full back / winger get to byline cross it thing on both sides, but little else.
It didnt help that Siggy was anonymous
Oh and although we play the same formation home and away, we invariably sit deeper away from home, almost afraid to commit. And when the opposition has the ball, our first thought is to retreat to keep shape, rather than press on the ball.
Tactically playing Delph and Schneiderlin was overly defensive too
Whilst the second goal was unlucky in some respects, the first was poor defensive play and poor defensive set up / tactics, and the third was players just being all over the shop.
You say we need to end the obsession of working the ball wide, but that in itself is a tactic, and one the players are clearly following. Especially with two defensive minded CDMs, we should be pushing the full backs up, and then getting the wider players to move inside slightly (I like the way Iwobi wanders when we have the ball)
So I disagree, defensive tactics cost us a goal
and offensively our tactics were predictable and lacked variety