Teams: Derby County, England and Ireland
The 4-5-1 formation is properly used by nearly every team in the country, with Chelsea being the main users of this formation.
But like jimbo was sayin it worked absolute wonders away from home last season, because of having one of the best strikers in the league in Rasiak, who was tall, had a nice touch, and could the hold up the ball and with smith and bisgarrd and both flanks, proving to potent threats, this formation worked really well, especially on the counter-attack.
This season, we simply do not have a "Rasiak" type of player who can play in this loan role effectively, as we saw on saturday Stern John was no-way i think capable of playin up there on his own, i wouldn't mind seein el hamdoui having a go up there on saturday but we will have to wait and see what phil brown has to say about that.
Looking at in a more wider context, i think the simple ansewr is teams are so afraid of dropping points nowadays, through the threat of relegation, teams are willingily, i think going into games, looking for a draw first, then if they score, holding out for the win. This 4-5-1 formation really does say to the neutral fan, that the team's mentallity is gonna be defensive, look at the Liverpool vs Manchester United game, last weekend, potentially, one of the games of the season. It turned out to be one of the dullest games i've seen in a while. I know this is off the subject a bit, i want to say this, when Chelsea played West Brom earlier this season, West Brom actually rested players, because they knew they were gonna lose. Well all i say is if any team in the League adopts that kind of mentallity, well i think theres something very wrong within the game of Football in England