It was another intense workout last Saturday and both teams ran themselves to the ground with the Whites emerging 5-1 winners over the Reds at the final whistle.
On paper the game looks finely balanced, the Reds boasting a very potent strike force of Nick, Rainer, Jan and Babs whilst the Whites seemed to have a more defensive line up. However when the game played out it turned out that the WHites, captained by the dynamic and tireless, Brendan was more tactically disciplined and positionally composed and that had a telling effect on the game. Whites were defending stoutly against the marauding Red's frontline and maintained a high line of defense keeping constant pressure in the defensive third of the Red's pitch. After a while it was apparent that the Reds were having problems passing the ball out of defence and their midfield was unable to settle into any passing rhythm. Soon the whites began to exert their own attacking influence on the game. Lynz and Brendan, the midfield battlers were supplying through balls to the effective attacking combo of Fred and Matthias. The effervescent Tim T was all over the left flank, breaking up play to Babs and launching fast breaks. Whites finished their moves clinically and built up a 4-0 lead before a great piece of individual skill by Nick resulted in the Reds pulling a goal back. The final goal was scored by Lynz who did one of his trademark, moment of brilliance halfway line lobs from deep inside his own half.
In reflection, the Reds had a decently strong line up but they just didnt gel as a team during this game. The link up between midfield and attack broke down thus the usually dangerous attacking combo of Rainer and Nick was rendered not as effective.
Have a great week ahead and see yall this saturday again!
whites definitly deserved the win. very clinical finishing.
i think it is worth sharing an observation - in my last three games i lost three times with a goal difference of at least three goals. lots of threes - hope everyone is still with me. of course i have to take my share of responsibility but i think it has to do with the formation.
the game on the 3rd nov we played too offensive with rainer, rockstar, matthias, ch, babs at some point either playing striker or winger.
then i played a game in khalsa (7 vs 7 players) and we permanently played with 2 strikers.
and finally, last sat game for which this thread is actually about we played - generously speaking - with one real midfielder but had constantly three guys upfront.
don't remember all the whites goals in detail (there were too many) but it felt like all of them were from long ball - header - goal or long ball - pass - shot - goal. whereas reds seemed to pass the ball from side to side and probably had even more possession than whites. the only goal we achieved was from a long ball to nick and he did some magic to put it away.
don't wanna sound like i am a die-hard fan of the long ball but i am a fan of the quick pass forward. whether that's a long ball or a short pass, i am not biased as long as it's forward. and to sum it up, i think it is probably most effective to play a 3-3-1 (at turf city) instead of a 3-1-3.
I don't think Reds were too at fault - they had a great 15 min spell where they absolutely dominated us after we went up 1-0 but just could not get a goal. After that they became frustrated and Whites quick counter attacks were being put away by the clinical frog, Fred.
Amazing performance from Whites defence - Jye, CH, Chen Hong and Tim T (and a stint from Lynz in centre back even) were absolutely impenetrable and their tackling was immense.
The final score was actually 6-1 and Babs has asked me to request you update the team selector table asap Rajiv, thanks!
Rajiv, I don't think the scoring grid is appropriate. I think on paper the two teams were quite balanced, so why reward a win by 4 or more goals with the same number of points as a draw?
Agree with Rainer on the pace of the game. The ball always travels faster than any player can run, so quick ball often wins especially given the size of the pitch. Whether it's long ball or short pass is dictated by play/positions.
I agree with Rainer's comments above but don't think it was the main reason behind the score-line/result on Sat. The issues started right from the beginning at team selection, with Ade pulling out we only had one natural out and out CB which was Jye. Me and Brendan fought hard for Jye's services with every team being proposed/counter proposed containing Jye! I can not overstate the importance of getting the defense right & then building a team around that, anyway I conceded defeat on Jye & Brendan got his man.
After that it was a case of trying to find the best solution at CB and that was Arjit although not his favored or natural position (although Brendan tried getting him also). Offensively Reds had a dangerous team but Whites had a back 3 of players (CH, Jye & Chen Hong) all playing in their natural and favored roles. The base was set.
The Whites were solid, super disciplined in their positioning and movement with and without the ball! Seldom did me and Jan on the wings have any space or time (Matthias and CH locked down Jan & Tim.T & Chen Hong had me in their pocket all afternoon), seldom did Rainer have space with Jye on him and defending simply but effectively. Nick in the centre had his hands full with Lynz and Brendan & the Frenchy up front with his clever running/movement dragged a makeshift back 3 all over the place.
To compound the Reds troubles we had players really drifting and dragging others out of position, Jan was not his usual energetic self (big night before he mentioned afterwards) and failed to track back, Uday was drifting from left back across to my side on the right (I sent him back at least 2-3 times but in fairness to him I had asked him to play out of position for the team and he gave 110%), Nick was dragged out to the left covering Jan and a wondering Uday which left the center horribly exposed to 2 of the most potent/penetrating Centre Midfielders in Giffa, Brendan and Lynz. Kai I feel is still getting used to the speed and intensity on the Sat game & was caught out a few times and squandered possession too easily, I was well and truly shackled, great credit to Arjit who saved us and really put in a monster effort as did Rainer. Xiong Wei also tried his best but Fred was dragging the back 3 out of position.
All in all we were out of shape, out of position and Ill disciplined. When we had the ball we were still out of position resulting in limited options for an out ball. Not clever football and further proof on having a solid defense and then each player applying common sense when it comes to positioning, sprinkle some big effort and good fast passing and you might have a winning formula!