Genuine Progress - Red Flags Remain
What a shift by the lads - clear evidence of genuine intensity and cohesion over the full ninety - maybe the first time this season I've felt that. Crackers, Murphs and Shorts due back to shore-up proceedings. For the first time this season I feel genuine hope. Stand-out player for me Finbarr- the lad bust his guts. Proud of the lad.
Red Flags - Same outcome - These teams are destroying us on the breaks. Leiston, perfectly set-up, soaking up pressure with superb defending and Patrick Brothers, not for the first time, an effective outlet. A four year old could see it - the writing was on the wall. Despite our bombardment, never felt any re-assurance. Crikey, their goals were practically identical. Questions remain with availability of personnel up-front.
Un-predictable derby matches up next, I so want to beat Harrow, the games genuinely annoy me. One outlet, last time, Michael Bryan made the difference - It's time these outlets were put to bed.
Objective - Same work-rate - different outcome.
Re: Genuine Progress - Red Flags Remain
Lots of energy for the first half hour and some excellent football. But once a few things didn't quite come off, a couple of heads went down (Ryan Gondoh being one and even though he looks a very decent prospect, he needs to sort that out....if I noticed it, his coaches will have too) and the first half petered out.
The second half was a very strange affair. They seemed to score every time they attacked, while we did most of the attacking. As soon as Ben Pattie came on, we suddenly looked a real threat (nice first goal from him but he has Adam Wallace to thank for tidying up his dodgy header for the second!) On another day, we would've squeaked a 3-3 out of that but our defending isn't good enough at the moment.
On the plus side, we looked good on the ball again. I really hope Adam Wallace will be available for a few more games because he's looked good in the last two he's played (his own dodgy header yesterday aside...) and the midfield is starting to tick, with Wesley getting more involved.
On the down side, we are still SO vulnerable on the break. Gary was screaming at Finbarr to get back to help Sam Flegg as the move for their 1st goal developed. We just don't seem to have the energy to get back in numbers when we need to. Also we still have a problem at centre-back. If Russell Short comes back, I expect Dave to go back there. I too, like Finbarr (he brings a buzz to our attacking play) but he's got to be careful that he doesn't go down the Aaron Morgan route of sometimes hanging onto the ball a bit too long. Hopefully with experience, that side of his game will develop....along with his distance shooting.
We need players back for Boxing Day. The bench looked very thin yesterday.