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Luke Williams reveals reasoning behind Jodi Jones and Adam Chicksen's position swap


Luke Williams, the Notts County manager, has clarified the rationale behind the tactical alteration that saw Jodi Jones and Adam Chicksen swap positions during their victory over Woking. In what was a challenging first half for the Magpies, the Notts coach felt that a change in tactics was necessary to break down the compact and determined Cardinals defence.

After the interval, the home side was able to turn on the style, with two goals from Sam Austin and a second goal of the season from substitute Aaron Nemane, reducing the gap to only one point behind leaders Wrexham, with just two games remaining in the season. Notts' improved quality in the wide areas as the game progressed was a significant factor in their eventual ability to break through the Woking defence. Nevertheless, Jones and Chicksen were still unable to locate Macaulay Langstaff within the penalty area, and the Notts number nine was visibly frustrated throughout the game.

When questioned about the change in personnel, Williams explained his thought process behind the decision and how it can benefit his team as the play-offs approach.

Notts County's tactical adjustments were vital in their win over Woking. Now, the team is concentrating on the upcoming fixtures to preserve their momentum for the playoffs.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post, Luke Williams expressed his reasoning behind the tactical switch: "Because Jodi naturally is a dribbler and he wants to infield to try and affect the game, 

"We need to create the best chances in this team at this moment in time from the outside. So, Jodi can go on the outside even with his weaker foot because he doesn't have a weak foot really, 

"He can go to the outside to create chances but he was reluctant - so then he goes on the left and he was very first action. He hit an incredible ball across the box like a rocket and into the zone which is the best place to put a ball and we almost score and it immediately gives us a completely different feel.

"In recent weeks when Adam Chicksen has played on the other side, I think he has done great - he made a brilliant run in the last home game. 

"Then slid the ball across the box perfectly from the right-hand side, so I have confidence that Chicks can play on the right, but I needed Jodi to play on the left because I wanted his left foot to be the tool. 

I wanted him to feel more comfortable to take the outside of the pitch."

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i get that jodi jones likes to dribble with the ball, but if this was the plan why did we take him off and leave adam chicksen on who looks knackered most of the time? the decision did not work for me, it was just a very odd call.

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The switch made it harder for Notts in the first half, it simply did not work until the second half and was not as effective. It was quite a bizarre decision.

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So he swapped sides so Jodi might be able to use his left foot? What about Chicksen's left foot? Then Jodi was subbed leaving Chicksen to go where?

Then we score three goals after looking totally unbalanced in the first half, I wonder why LW hasn't used this wonderful bizarre tactic before and will he use it again?

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On 17/04/2023 at 15:42, liampie said:

i get that jodi jones likes to dribble with the ball, but if this was the plan why did we take him off and leave adam chicksen on who looks knackered most of the time? the decision did not work for me, it was just a very odd call.

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