30/01/13 – Pulis shows tactical flexibility against Wigan

Tony PulisIn the build-up to last night’s match between Stoke and Wigan at the Britannia, Stoke’s manager Tony Pulis described their opponents as a ‘bogey team’. Nevertheless, Pulis’ decision to play a 3-5-2 system against Wigan still came as a surprise. Stoke’s manager is not known for tactical flexibility and his only notable changes to his team’s shape in recent years has been to gradually withdraw a striker, initially into an advance midfield role and this season into a third central midfielder. The change to a 3-5-2 had two primary aims: to combat Wigan’s wing backs and to have a partner for Peter Crouch up front… (Read more)

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