The common denominator being a very balanced, skilful midfield. Arguably one of the best in the country at the time.
As an ex-midfielder you simply have to get that area of the pitch right, and to rely on counter-attack football and be prepared to give up possession is a dangerous game to play. Our midfield slows the game down far too much and I am seriously hoping Jack has noted that and is prepared to be more adventurous and sign two players that can collect the ball and drive forward. Lost count yesterday the amount of times we had opportunities to drive through space in the middle but chose the safe option of playing square and allowing Saints to simply re-group and keep their lines solid.