Was it that 9 out of the 11 who started today played just two days ago. It looked like they were at least a yard short at times. Did Yeading have a day off on Saturday?
Or was it that Yeading were warming up from 2pm and our lads were just knocking the ball around as usual. I saw just one token run from our team from one side of the pitch to the other whereas Yeading were very busy and I thought by the time kick off came that they would have worn themselves out. How wrong!, and was our pre match build preparation a pre-cursor to what would happen on the pitch. The lads just weren’t wound up enough and the attitude was wrong. Was it a “we just have to turn up”.
A comment from the stands was that Yeading looked something like Canvey all those years ago with their commitment.
Today’s game was worse than Slough and the ball up to Gregory was just as ineffective today as it was then. There may have been reasons why that day we played so badly, a virus going around and a lot of injuries to key players but at least we scored in that game and featured a little more. What were the reasons today and how comes a team that has just scored 108 goals in the league cannot score against a Div 1 team?
What concerns me however is that Glen has mentioned that the club will only make a couple of signings for next season as they believe the squad only needs a couple of new players. When it really matters, has our team got the right players for next season. When it really matters, we have seen a team like Aldershot cancel us out with their pace and commitment, and even today, that’s what most had us in trouble from Yeading.
To progress next season, we need to sign players who are all commitment and pace. Glen & Jeff may believe that the squad will win the division next year if they start just as strong as we finished this season. I am not convinced however. Unless we get the right players in before the start of the season then yes we should have the stability of starting the season with the best players we know can do the job. But I feel we just need that extra something to go that one step further. We really lack pace overall and there is just no one like Wardy who can get us out of trouble at the back when he is not there. We need a number of new players who can bring the pace to our squad as well and a bit of the old 100% commitment would help as well. Aldershot had players who looked like they would die for the cause. We need some of the same calibre of players to progress or again we will be the bridemaids. We need to employ that edge in our team which will be different to what we have come to expect to take our club further.
Today, the warning signs we already out that we will not achieve much next year without some very good new blood in the squad. It will take more than two signings next season as things looked very stale out there.
I was all for stability for next season but after today, “The fire and the edge have gone and needs to be replenished”!