To be a football passing side there are certain technical issues we cannot ignore:
1. You will fail to play the passing game if your two full backs knock the ball 40/50 yards in to channels, in 90 minutes possibly the full backs played in to the mid-field no more than 3/5 times
2. With the two center backs constantly under aerial attack one of your mid-fielders must cover the hole in front of our defense or again the desperate punt up field occurs, our two center mid-fielders were high up the pitch with neither accepting (our told to accept) responsibility to collect from the back four, result? Constant battling for the ball from our center backs headed clearance
3. When one player is having a mare, for 90 minutes you have to ask why a change failed to happen, they walked through down their right wing for the entire game
Our goal came from the best football played on the floor and showed how well we can open teams playing in our traditional manner
Saturday the opposition lacked our individual skills but had a plan and applied composure where as we lacked a plan and only showed occasional composure on the ball
Some one has to ask why the difference in recent games from the early matches where we looked the part and won the games?
Ill try to continue the post pabird.
I agree with most of the points in your post pabird and most of the topic above.
I personally think though our defence would better served if WESTY played on the right, his best position.
He must be in the back 4 as he is the only pacey defender we have. Every team needs one. I for one would not miss our current half hearted aerial challenges and lame attempts at cutting out crosses from our current Right back. I do like a trier.
Would it be possible that we changed to hoofing the ball to spoil our opposition.
On the main stand we were really starting to enjoy how high the ball was going. Somebody commenting it was more fun than fireworks.
We all want Canvey to play the on the deck passing game. The only way this will happen is if our players vastly improve their off the ball running and support play. It was poor last year and its not getting any better. No player will be comfortable in taking a touch and looking up for the short ball especially in their own half, if there is no movement. Players need to take responsibility and make them self available for a pass otherwise it is a long ball up the park. All of our running seems reactive and at the top end players don't seem to gamble enough.
When on the break or up front in a good position, many players take 2 or 3 unnecessary extra touches (that look nice!), when an early ball would cause more damage.
All in all, we were unlucky. Apart from the cup games you cant complain.
I do feel we need to improve though, if we are to keep our current league position.
We have got 3 very good forwards if they can form decent partnerships (Rowe was a bit greasy a couple of times when Jason was in a better position to shoot) and if we can attack in a way that plays to their strengths plus our midfield that can scores goals. I feel we could play in the fashion of winning 5-3. Now that would be fun.
P.S. Bring back the drum.
Or a volunteer to play Fred's bugle.
It does add to the atmosphere.