as for the line-ups: turned out to be a little unbalanced - whites had too few defenders, too many technically versatile players and of course one player less until we picked up a good player half way through. reds had a very experienced, no-nonsense defense with jye, raj, and sushil. the clean sheet says it all. reds were denied to score for about 20 min but demonstrated great team effort and ended up winning 5 or 6 : 0 ag a somehow demoralized white team.
at least 3 players turned up late, 1 late withdrawal... everybody knows my opinion about that by now
... whites had too few defenders, too many technically versatile players and of course one player less until we picked up a good player half way through.
* Whites had Ade and Arijit. Either way, one side would have 2 and the other side 3 defenders. * Too many technically versatile players is not a bad thing. * Picking up a good player to bring Whites back to 7 players should have helped Whites.
I think a defeatist attitude when you feel things are going against you might be a bigger factor. I don't know if that is a sign of age, or a sign of our modern age. Just an opinion.
ur points are well taken. just for the sake of it - allow me to play the devil's advocate:
re 1) reds also had CH and Tim T both of whom have been contributing very valuable defensive work
re 2) too much of a good thing can be a bad thing
re 3) absolutely
re 4) why no swap? i don't know. personally, i think a swap encourages what u call a 'defeatest attitude'. i rather lose 0:6 in a team that fights till the end then losing 1:5 in a team that got swapped at 0:4. i like this attitude point u made though and totally agree with damian in one of his recent posts where he voiced his opinion on this.