Consecutive errors

24 April 2008

One of the unwritten rules of television football punditry is that the pundit shouldn’t say anything which might suggest that they have private or expert knowledge which is greater than that of the fan watching at home. During the interval of the Liverpool vs Chelsea match this week, Mark Hughes not only broke the rule – but said something which might have relevance beyond football.

Talking about Kuyt’s goal, Hughes said that “in coaching we talk about goals coming from ‘consecutive errors'” – and when you watch Kuyt’s goal you can see that the Chelsea defence does indeed make ‘consecutive errors’, first in nor clearing the ball when they have the chance, and secondly in not dealing with Mascherano’s sliced shot/pass. But it struck me that this idea may extend beyond football: that in other areas of life, mistakes might also come from “consecutive errors” – one mistake, and you’re likely to recover, but two and the position may not be recoverable.

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