LESSONS TO LEARN
Hurricanes returned to the Rec. for yet another home match. With the weather forecast again predicting another wet & windy session of football, it was good that the match was played in largely dry conditions. A frustrating game for the boys, and we felt that we could and should of given a better account of ourselves. One of the major lessons that we need to concentrate on is pushing out form the back. Far too often the defence sat too deep and with a large gap between them and the midfield as we tried to build moves. This was largely the story of the first half, and consequently we rarely got out of our half. Nevertheless, the feeling was that we just needed to get some momentum and the rest would follow. Unfortunately, the second half started in a similar vein to the first, and it was not until the final two thirds of the game that we finally started to push out from the back with true conviction and belief.
It is true that you often learn far more from defeats, and in this particular case we could see what we needed to do and began to execute that. The time has now come to look more closely at how we push up the field as a single unit, so a better understanding of the offside rule and how to make it work for us defensively is a lesson we will start to develop.
One really big plus point was the work rate and spirit the boys showed. They kept their heads up right to the end, and finished the game as the stronger team.