Rule changes bringing more excitement?

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Villa had a couple of 3-3s and a 5-5 this season. And yesterday QPR 0-4 down... missing an injury-time penalty that would have grabbed them a draw.

I could go on... there's been some cracking games in the Championship this season - and in the prem too. They seem to be getting more common.

Could it be something to do with recent rule changes?
 

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Ha Ha!

No... I mean things like the change to the rules on tackling which surely helps attacking. And the offside rule. This gives attackers a massive advantage in many ways. Perhaps the most obvious is, for example, if there's a free kick about 40yds from goal, out by the touchline.

When Tony Adams and Arsenal were in their pomp, they'd just step up in a line at the right moment, arms aloft even if they catch just one player offside at the moment the ball was kicked The the flag would be up and whistle ball before the ball even reached the area. Attack over.

But nowadays, if the ball is pumped in, four attackers can be "offside" but if a fifth player is just onside, and it's him who heads it in, it's a goal.

You might say that that doesn't happen very often, but the real consequence of this is that the defence cannot 'hold their line' like they used to... so it all gets confusing and difficult for defenders - they need to defend deeper etc.
 
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