A very enjoyable game between two teams with different styles. Our abilities of building attacks and creating multiple chances, met a counterattacking Wing team.
In the first 10 mins we’d struck the post, had a volley from 5 yards and a shot towards the top corner saved as well as 2x open goal opportunities missed… before conceding. The response was brilliant from everyone as we continued to search for an equaliser. Unfortunately, (like the previous week) we came up against a keeper in inspired form.
TEAMTALK – the team looked disappointed at the break, as they’d played a great half but were trailing. We simply asked them to ‘go again’ keep creating opportunities as a team and play to the final whistle.
The second half started in a similar way to the first… lots of possession and chances, only this time we converted. First Ollie played in Joseph on the edge of the area, who took one touch before a calm finish. Then the favour was returned when Joseph laid the ball off Ollie, for a top corner effort.
We continued to create, but as the team pushed forward, it was noticeable that we were leaving space at the back. This led to a comical moment when Liam came forward from goal, after a heavy touch from the striker. He got to the ball first, but didn’t realise he was out of the penalty area. A free kick was awarded for hand ball, but that was a let off, the team needed to be aware of the counter attack.
Ultimately, our inability to convert the many chances on the day, were punished by another counter attack and a breakdown in communication. The team were gutted, and again it was understandable. I was quick to point out the quality of the game that they’d all just played, and that they should be proud of their performance.
But perhaps the biggest compliment came from the opposition manager, who said he had ‘no idea how his team won’
TRAINER OF THE WEEK – LUCA
STAR PLAYER – LUCA
HOMEWORK – communication on the pitch is so important, using keywords to help out teammates. Anything from ‘man on’ to ‘time’ can help a teammate before they even receive the ball.