Post by Rajiv on Sept 14, 2012 23:17:20 GMT 8
Reds might have been marginally stronger to start with - the replacement made Reds significantly stronger.
Nevertheless, Whites started well enough. Then the collapse came, and they were 0-8 down.
All 8 goals involved being exposed at the back, either by Whites giving away possession, or not having enough players back. I have to take my share of the blame for starting the rot, by giving the ball away from a kick-out from goal for the first.
Perhaps if Jon's shot had gone in rather than hit the crossbar at 0-1, it might have steadied the Whites' ship. Perhaps not.
I got frustrated with Srini for a few things:
* Staying up front and calling for Whites to persistently play the long ball to him.
* When he got tired of that, going straight into goal. I tried to get him to go to centre back, to get a different perspective of the game.
* Calling on his team mates to pull the shirts of opposing players. This is unacceptable.
Srini is a skilful player, who has good ball control and can dribble, but he can be frustrating to play with. Apart from the above, he tends to try the difficult pass or lay-off, with a high risk of losing possession, sometimes in dangerous positions, rather than the safe, simple pass or lay-off when in deeper or defensive positions, which has his team-mates (especially those he has urged forward) scrambling to retrieve the situation. On the other hand, to give him further due, he does chase back when he loses possession. Unfortunately, it is sometimes too close to his own goal to retrieve the situation.
However, I should have found a better place and a better way to speak to him about these matters, rather than angrily, in the middle of a game.
Srini finally grabbed Whites first goal, but Reds scored another 2 to lead 10-1.
From about 0-4 down onwards, a couple of Reds' players repeatedly asked if we would like to swap players, but I think Whites were playing for pride, so we continued.
We started shooting from everywhere - including my attempted lob of the Reds' keeper when he was off his line, which drifted agonisingly just over the cross-bar.
We finally started to knock the ball around a bit better. Jon hit the crossbar with a header from a corner. I think Srini scored another to take it to 2-10.
With 5 minutes left, I called last-goal wins. Jon grabbed that soon after, so we continued. Reds scored another to take the score to 11-3.
Finally, a long ball from me was headed in by Srini, to take the final score to 11-4. The long ball worked when we weren't relying primarily on it, but used it as a variation to the play.
Reds showed good spirit after going 1-10 down. Or perhaps Reds felt sorry, and took their foot off the pedal.
Whites weren't such a bad team. I think our defending let us down. 8 or 9 of Reds goals were scored by a player laying it across goal for an unmarked player to slot into an open net. Alex, Angelo and Jon all had good spells in defence. I think the rest of us didn't do enough to drop back when we were in more forward positions, and Reds were on the attack.
I will have to speak separately to Srini.
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