I would personally go as so far as to give the lads a get out jail card today. 48 hours ago, the same lads demonstrated they can go away and produce a top draw performance. A timely reminder this campaign is a physical slog. We probably lost that game before it had started. We looked physically drained - an excuse not often tolerated. Harrow looked discernably sharper all round.
I had a problem with how we looked with regards to the shape in midfield. Restrictions on personnel options aside. Not overall convinced we could have fully functioned. I thought we looked dis-joined regardless. Marvin, big unit. In contrast other teams are quite content to launch howitzers into the box and feed of the scraps. A lot of emphasis around him. Not everything is sticking. I question if this is denying service into Ricardo. Surely, on a day when we were bereft the fact he scored twice shows we have to feed him. Every time I looked across midfield they had five red shirts we had two. For a Harrow side, they appeared to by-pass the midfield in a totally un-accustomed way. I thought they sat back. I think both Laste and Prince have sat back almost treading on Luke's toes. The lad Stephane appears to be fullflling slots rather than taking the game by the scruff of the neck. I think there's annoying factors, many of which can be resolved.
I think today caught up with the lads. In 48 hours we've had the best and worst aspects. I do think fatigue played a role today. The lads have earned some slack. How this detracts from our overall perspective as we move forward. It's very direct from most sides. I think if we can get a stranglehold in the middle of the park we become a powerful force. I think we need some penetration. A lot of work and developments, equally a lot more to achieve. No reason to be peturbed by a bad day at the office - Bigger picture thoughts.
Keep at it.
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