A formation has to suit the players – and it suits AFC Telford

By Lewis Cox | AFC Telford United | Published: | Last Updated:

AFC Telford have a chance to extend their positive recent home form and win a place in the FA Cup first round proper.

Boss Rob Edwards has found his AFC Telford formula

It’s now four home wins in a row since the 5-1 Harrogate defeat and that’s giving the Bucks self-belief ahead of the exciting Cup visit of FC United of Manchester.

One thing I learned in management is that you need the system to suit the players. Rob Edwards is using a 4-2-3-1 and it’s working. It’s packing the midfield to combat and win that area.

Shrewsbury are doing something similar with a 4-1-4-1. If you find that formula then fantastic, you keep that going.

When I was AFC Telford boss I went to a system that I didn’t particularly like, a 3-5-2 – then we went 26 games unbeaten and won promotion in 2004/2005.

We all like to think we can play this or that way, but if systems suit the players you have, you’ve got to be smart enough to stick to that.

Lewis Cox

By Lewis Cox
Trainee Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @lewiscox_star

Sports reporter with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Covering Shrewsbury Town and with a keen eye for non-league and grassroots.


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