In what proved to be a rather one-sided game, Reds showed up showing they wanted it more by holding up the ball better and keeping the Whites on the back-foot through-out. With Reds putting instant pressure on White's creative force, Kelvin, Whites were unable to push up very far before getting closed down. With a very potent strike-force and good off the ball movement, Reds dissected the Whites and the game quickly spiraled out of White's control.
Apologies for overly bigging up Naveed's footballing ability, without consideration for how it would affect team selection. Teams should be re arranged. I suppose if we find that balance and constantly play together in the Weds evening slot, then the games will get very competitive. Well played to the reds though, they wanted it more and were ultimately much better.
No worries Rohan, although very unfair on Naveed, coming into his first game with such a weight of expectation on his shoulders.
A lot of earlier discussion on line ups and the role of team selectors on the "Team selectors & line ups" thread, which I won't repeat.
There is a ongoing learning process. There will always be players with whom the selectors are not familiar with, so there will always be some amount of guesswork involved. I will help where I can, and from experience, I am probably better at fitting in new or newer players, but because I am not rarely at the games these days, the team selectors are probably better at assessing the regulars. That's why team selectors are only used where the players are largely regulars.
If, at the game itself, it is clear that the line ups are one-sided, changes should be made, and as I am not at the games, this has to be taken on by the selectors/captains, but inertia, pride and not wanting to offend anyone are factors that get in the way. The way to look at it is this - there is a mixture of abilities within games and across games. A good player in one game may find himself as a weak player in another game. The real issue is not whether a player is weaker or stronger, but what changes are needed to achieve balanced line ups.
No one enjoys a one-sided game (whether they be on the winning side or the losing side), so where the line ups are so clearly one-sided that the losing side lose heart early on, the selectors/captains just have to bite the bullet and make the changes.