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Re: Match Thread - Newport (a)

By Taz27/2 17:34Sat Feb 27 17:34:18 2021In response to Re: Match Thread - Newport (a)

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You've hit on a few areas discussing exactly why there is a difference between home and away.

Wider pitches will allow for a wide game, a narrow one hoof and run. If a team has a wide pitch and trains and plays 23 games a year using space on the wings, playing on a longer, thinner pitch will disrupt their normal style of play. Of course, they can adapt, but when one team is playing an extra 22 games a year on that field and trains to match the dimensions of the pitch with the style of play, the home team has a huge advantage.
Then, as Balders mentioned a couple of days back, you have different tricks the home team may employ to disrupt preparations. Watering the pitch, strange smells, lighting, alarms in the hotel, all sorts that can put someone off their preparations.

Finally, you are spot on with the crowds. Not an issue this year, but ordinarily this will be a massive factor. If an away team can grind down the home team and silence the crowd, this can help. If the home team start to get on the back of the home team, this can be even better. Not as much of a problem this year, but even so, a huge factor in normal seasons.

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