NEIL ATKINSON was joined by Adam Smith, Sean Rogers and John Gibbons for the pilot of TAW Player’s ‘The Tuesday Review’.
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This is exactly the kind of thing I want. Really good start. Going back say, 3 or 4 years I would happily admit my knowledge of football was minimal. I would have never considered getting into an argument with my mates over football because I’d have lost. All I knew about it was who had played well for Liverpool and who hadn’t but I couldn’t back it up with any talk on formations and tactics.
Since listening to TAW I’m amazed how much I’ve taken in and kind of understood enough to apply it myself. I see the game differently now and in a much deeper context. Recently, I considered leaving our forum with my mates because they’re so clueless and always negative that it makes me wanna make snide comments. The odd thing is, I don’t feel they’re on the same level as me now and that I’m wasting my time engaging them.
That might be a bit too modest but it’s how it is and it’s 100% down to listening to the podcasts. I think I’m ready to take things to the next level now. I’ve even thought Neil’s been wrong a few times recently and I wouldn’t have dared question a man of his knowledge previously. That tonight was really good and exactly what I mean by the next level. I was sitting here thinking ‘Jesus! These people know a lot about football’. Brought me down to earth again. I love this kind of analysis though and I’ll take it on board over the next few weeks when watching games and eventually notice it myself. That’s what I do. That’s not the full picture though, I’ll be on the forum mentioned above in half an hour. I can see it now, someone will say Markovic is wank, as per, and I’ll be like ‘I think Rodgers wants his wing backs coming into the middle more and drawing either their winger or the defender with him but Sterling’s the only one who actually gets it cos he’s the most tactically switched on’ haha. Knowledge is key.
This is the future for me, podcasts whilst walking the dog.
Completely agree. TAW has totally changed the way I watch a game. Being in the US, where at any hour of the day someone is on TV breaking down every in and out of basketball, American football, etc., its hard to find the same level of analysis for football/soccer. Which is why I was so excited for the TAW Player announcement was made. Being an international fan, a lot of times it feels like I’m on the outside looking in, but this site has really been like a peak behind the curtain so to speak. And the more opportunities to peak behind that curtain to learn more about the game and the club, the better. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s been made smarter due to reading and listening to TAW
Mate, I’m really impressed / intrigued by the number of fans who comment on here from the US. I didn’t realise football was so big there till recently and if I’m being honest I’m surprised at the knowledge of some. Seems to be really big over there. Gotta be better than basketball though. I really like the fact that Liverpool has a global fan base and I’m pleased the US is getting into footy. We’ll have to get you into cricket next, then next year the Ryder cup is on and we can show you how to play golf, haha.
Apparently in Canada more kids are playing footy than ice hockey – and I was there a few years back.
Not convinced that’s true during their winters but still, that’s quite something.
Robin, I’m glad you shared this as I too have experienced the game through new eyes, and it’s down to the guys on the Wrap and also some of those who contribute in the comments section here. I appreciate the game more and have a better understanding of what is happening (tactically), I have become more vocal and confident in football debates although a little less tolerant toward those who insist on slagging off Sakho.
Thanks to TAW, yet another enjoyable podcast, keep up the good work.
The sound is terrible.
The sound quality of the latest two Podcasts has seriously deteriorated. This obviously is connected to ‘going back to the big room’.
I am sure you are aware of this and will find the cure.
But it does need fixing ASAP lads.
Hi mate, yes we’re working on it all the time. ‘Going back to the big room’ is a figure of speech – we first recorded in a professional studio with a sound engineer then moved to using Radio City’s studios. Some shows will still be recorded there. The last two shows are in a new space – our own – which is a work in progress. Tuesday’s sound was better than Monday’s, and we’ve already improved on it again. We’ll get there.
MOAR EGG CARTONS!!
Perhaps you could ask listeners to send them in.
I agree with what was said before about how the pod has made me think deeper about the footie. Other pods do this also but what sets TAW apart is that the guys are for the most part able to view the game live in the stadium. This gives you a better overall picture of what’s going on than watching on tv, plus of course the lads know their footie.
Thanks for reply, I’m confident you will sort the sound issue out.
Wish I had the same confidence of the club sorting the pitch problem out, I was in Sefton park yesterday and the pitches there are in better condition!
keep up the good work and really looking forward to the new shows.
Great show guys, exactly what I want from TAW. Early days, I know, but sound levels have always been a minor irritant (some fellas are much louder than others) , it would be great if you could smooth them out. As for the tactical insight, once again very good. The wing-backs are vital and the wide midfielder argument was a good one. Ideally you want players to adapt to game situations so that if, for example, a team overloads us in the center, one of the wing-backs or Can, can step-in to make up the numbers. Lots of teams play with 3 in the middle now, so we need that flexibility. Jimmy Case and Sammy Lee were good shouts but the best wide right midfielder in my time was Ray Houghton; he could do a bit of everything. We often played a lop-sided 4-4-2 with say Houghton and Barnes, or, in an earlier era, Case or Brian Hall and Stevie Heighway, that remains an option for our wingbacks.
Cheers Paul, appreciate that mate.
Really enjoyed that. I think this show could be a very good one. Very promising.
Speaking for myself here: Don’t be afraid to drag it out and be too ‘geeky’ or in-depth about it. I don’t go to games, so I only see what the cameras are showing me. So it’s nice to hear a good and detailed breakdown of things like shape and positioning with and the without the ball, and other things you don’t see clearly through the TV – like what Sean Rogers was talking about with the positioning and movement of the wing backs. Good stuff.
Again I’m on my own here but……..sorry guys but it nearly put me to sleep and I was driving at the time. Parts were slightly interesting but nothing more. The Monday free show will do me fine.
That’s fine, mate. Entirely your choice.
I may have got this wrong, but if it’s true that the only way of accessing the TAW Player content is directly through the site then I think that’s a sizeable blunder. I know many (most?) people download podcasts via an itunes app straight onto their phones/ipods as it’s so much easier then transferring files around on a PC and then onto the portable device.
I was planning on getting the TAW Player because it represents very good value, but without iTunes support I will probably pass because in all likelihood I’ll never get round to transferring the files onto my phone.
Anyway, this is a very enjoyable pod, I hope to keep supping from the fountain of knowledge that is Robb Guttman for the foreseeable future.
Isildur1 – nah, if I think I’ve understood you correctly, you’re taking a long way to get it on your phone.
It’s dead easy, use a podcast app, I use Podkicker. No need to involve iTunes or the even TAW web site.
Once you’ve installed Podkicker, search for ‘The Anfield Wrap’ and subscribe.
The app can be set to automatically pick up the latest podcasts and you can either live stream, if your internet connection is good enough, or download and listen whenever.
Couldn’t be easier – happy listening mate
Thanks a lot, I wasn’t aware of such apps, I look forward to listening to the extra content.
Hi guys, loved listening to the show and all the great work you are doing. Got some comments for you, but please beleive they are coming purely from a “trying to help” space
1. Mentioned by others, sound is not great in the big room, I find it quite quiet. The problem is that if somethig is too loud I can turn down the sound, but if it is too quiet there is only so much I can turn the sound on my phone up. I listen while driving car so there is always ambient noise which needs to be heard over
2. Love the structure of the Tuesday show you laid out at the beginning: 1 area of pitch, followed by 1 player and I think it was 1 hot topic or something. I really liked the clear structure. But then when you got into it you seemed to lose that structure and jump around a bit. One conversation seemed to roll into the next so I am not sure was hendo your 1 player or was it something else? Might be good to segment it a bit more clearly
3. Also I really want to subscribe but I am STILL not sure how this all works. Now maybe I am pretty dumb (quite likely) but how does the player work? I love the fact that I do not have to do anything – your podcast just donwloads onto my phone and away I go. If I have to go searching for it I know that I will eventually stop doing that. I need the episodes need to just “appear” already on to my phone the way the podcasts currently do – how will that work? Is the player a webpage that I need to stream from? I listen on my phone and download at home on wifi and then listen while out. Too expensive for me to stream?
4. This last one is just a more general personal comment – more of you guys is great and I love that, but…I listen to a number of podcasts and there is only so much time I have (damn kids!!). If I am swamped with your stuff somethign has to give. I used tolisten to the Anfield Index ones but stopped as they were just creating TOO much and I was losing track of what I wanted to listen to and what I didn’t. They seemed to be doing about 2 podcasts a day. Just a comment to say that more is not always better.
Finally, any chance you are coming to Brisbane for a live podcast like the last time the redmen came to Oz? Come on!! I missed you last time, at the game but could not make the show.
thanks very much.
Agree with reddecs about the downloading issue.
Download straight onto iPhone is probably what the majority of your listeners do and find the simplest.
That is so easy and can be done when you’re on holiday (even with the slow wifi that hotels give) the you can listen by the pool instead of having to make idle conversations with the mrs or other holidaymakers!!
Don’t know about anyone else but I certainly don’t take my laptop away with me so will there be a way of downloading straight into iPhone? I use the iTunes podcast app, will it be possible with a different one as you are not using iTunes for the subscription shows.