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Back Pass Rule Has Killed Killing Teams Off

And that will be the biggest title I write today. Martin O'Neill believes outlawing the back pass has made it harder for teams to kill off a game in the modern era.

With pointless internationals getting in the way of real football, Martin O'Neill has had time to get all philosophical about last seasons 4-4 draw against Spurs.

And this has led him to state that it was easier in his era of football for a team to kill of a game by letting the keeper timewaste.

Speaking on the official site, he said:

'The Tottenham match last season shows that a game is never won until the final whistle.

'In my day, when a team wanted to kill a game off, they found it a lot easier than nowadays because you were allowed to pass back to the goalkeeper.

'He could pick up the ball, wander round with it for a couple of minutes, stick it up his jumper, come back and then roll the ball out to a defender.

'And then the defender would pass it back to the goalkeeper again. So you could definitely kill it off.

'Today is more difficult.

'Another example, from this season, was our game at Stoke. We had one more throw-in to defend and we couldn't manage it.

'I suppose I have to counter that with games where we have also sneaked goals in the last couple of minutes. If it evens itself out over the season, I am reasonably happy.'

I'm not sure it does even itself out though, we have a habit, and have done for years of conceeding points in the final 10 minutes of a match and this is something that we are all hoping will be rectified this season.

From the fan perspective I'm not sure much has changed though given the rule change to the back pass. Teams thesedays use their heads and take it into the corner to timewaste.

A trick with John Carew, that we should employ more often to be honest.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 12 2008

Time: 3:54PM

Your Comments

That's ridiculous! The fact teams can't play out time with the ball in the keeper's arms is a good thing.
toffeetower
Pointless internationals?! Id quite like to see us in the World Cup myself!!
leelindsay
That trick also portrayed by the Hare quite well last season.
leelindsay
Liverpool haven't won the league since that wonderful rule came in. It was their main tactic and spoilt the game. The rule managed to stop the supporters getting bored and gives so much more excitement to the final 3-4 minutes (or 3-8 if you are Manu're and not winning.)
Villan444
Another thing MON, last year it didn't even itself out as the advert on talksport says that we lost 10 points from the last 5 minutes of games (more than anyone else.) When you consider that we only got 60 points overall its a big margin for just 5 mins.
Villan444
Villan444 - like in 92 when they were given 11 mins extra time to beat sheff wed and go above us! Cheating baztards! 11 bloody minutes!!
NorthcliffeBandit
MON is spot on,,,,, Thankfully the day when Liverpool were allowed to bore people to death by kicking the ball back to the keeper hour after hour have gone. The great era of Liverpool was built on back passes and diving in the last 10 minutes for a penalty.
col8
I can see MON's point, but in the days when the accepted thing was for teams to play for time with continual back passes to the keeper, we the long suffering supporters cried out for a law change. Overall I think, its improved the game.
glensider
I just wish that we as a club could kill a game off, end of. It seems to be something that over recent seasons we have been incapable of doing.
glensider
 

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