NEW Boston United assistant manager Graham Hyde wants to use the blueprint that has seen Spain win two European Championships and a World Cup in the space of four years as the basis for success.
The UEFA A-licensed coach, who played for Sheffield Wednesday in the Premier League, has a simple plan.
It’s not playing the newly-lauded 4-6 formation.
Neither is it persuading Xavi, Iniesta and Sergio Ramos to take a pay cut to join the Pilgrims.
Instead, it’s to simply shore up the defence and prevent Blue Square Bet North opponents from scoring.
“Spain haven’t conceded a goal in a knockout stage of tournament football for six years – and look where they are,” Hyde said.
“A strong defence can help the team be stronger.
“If you look at the sides who have been promoted this season in each of the divisions in the Football League, they each conceded among the fewest goals.”
Manager Jason Lee shared Hyde’s sentiments.
Calling for his strikers to act as the first line of defence, although maybe not blowing all their energy on a blood and thunder approach, he added: “In this country, if you’re not chasing the ball down it’s perceived that you’re lazy or not trying.
“It can be needless and a waste of energy. Look at Spain and look how England fell short.
“It doesn’t always help the team to do it.
“Every member of our team is a defender and expected to do that role.
“If teams come at us we’ll get to the halfway line and get in banks of four whether your Spencer Weir-Daley or Marc Newsham – who does work very hard – you have to make sure you’re defensively right first.
“Everybody has to put a shift in.”