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MATCH ANALYSIS: EMILE HESKEY - LIVERPOOL v ARSENAL (23/12/00)
 
INTRODUCTION
 
This analysis analyses the playing performance of the Liverpool centre-forward Emile Heskey in the 4-0 victory against Arsenal. Basic match factors are looked and the results are displayed below. Please note that the results are for the whole game and that the letters "S" and "U" indicate successful and unsuccessful actions.
 
 
COMMENTS:
 

- Defensively, Heskey made a notable contribution with several successful tackles and pressings. He also made 3 important clearances and numerous interceptions.
- When attacking, the player was always available as the main target-man winning many headers all over the pitch and being successful when running with the ball. His passing was generally accurate without really threatening the Arsenal defence.
- Overall, Heskey made a significant contribution in attack and defence.

 
CONCLUSIONS:
 

This brief analysis shows that at the highest playing level, top forwards such as Heskey are willing to defend. The first line of defence in any team are the attacking players who must put pressure on defenders to stop teams dominating and building up possession. The above statistics also show the importance in having players who can not only win the ball but who use it to good effect.

 

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