Can Aston Villa benefit from reducing pitch size?
Aston Villa concede an inordinate amount of goals at home & the pitch size may be to blame
The Villa Park pitch has always been wide and teams have always exploited this with the use of two quick wingers who can punish Aston Villa on their home turf.
The reason why I say this is that a recent report shows that Villa Park has the biggest squared area of ground anywhere in the Premier league.
The resulting factor of a bigger pitch is more space - more space means more ground to cover.
With more ground to cover, wingers playing at Villa Park can run the Aston Villa defence ragged as well as Aston Villas own wingers. The space in between the two eighteen yard lines is a vast space giving players more space to distribute the ball easier, giving the wingers more freedom with the midfielders being able to get their head up.
The defence at Villa park covers more space than at any other ground this, therefore, means defenders are more tired at the end of the game leading to more goals being conceded at the end of the game, as the playmaker of every team has more time to pick a killer pass to kill off a tiring defence.
The goals against tally for Aston Villa in recent years has been a hindrance conceding the second highest last season apart from relegated Wigan this is not just due to losing by eight goals to Chelsea and so on this is due to a wide pitch where by Villas young defence tires quicker meaning teams can exploit them much easier.
An example of this is a few weeks back when Hatem Ben Arfa tore shreds in the Villa defence and was a real handful for Matt Lowton and other members of the defence . By changing the pitch size Aston Villa's own style may be compromised but it may reduce the amount of goals the side also concedes.
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