Folkestone were lucky that we could only score one. They had three good chances to score but Russell's reflexes were top notch. Their 'Keeper was having a torrid time with all those backpasses. My only criticism is that we seem to be too afraid to shoot on site. Often we try and play neat triangles down the pitch, which we're good at especially between Rhodes, Dumas and Game but we're clueless once we get the ball into the area and/or we need to take too many touchs on the ball. Thankfully Rhodes and Isa were putting in some wicked crosses yesterday, unfortunately we had no-one to capitalise on them.
A couple of constructive observations from yesterday's game:
1. When we're defending set-pieces all 11 players move back. We used to leave Rowe on the half-way line to pick up clearances and couter-attack. Recently there has been no-one.
2. In a similar vein, our attackers hardly move forward together as a unit, partially because Danny Heale plays so deep. Yesterday in the second-half I forget who it was either Isa or Curran attacked at speed down the right. The only player that kept up with him was Rhodes, making it 2 attackers verses 3 defenders and the Goalkeeper. When we did move forward as a unit we scored. The ball went from Heale to Game to Isa to in the back of the net.
3. We are too lenient on opposition Goalkeepers. For many a game now I've felt our players need to crowd the Goalie out. He's the only player allowed to go for the ball with his hands and often it's too easy for him to come and collect the ball. As I said, their 'Keeper yesterday wasn't having the best of games, but we weren't challenging him physically enough when going for high balls. Even if you give away a foul you're going to knock his confidence and he'll have second thoughts about coming for it the next time and that could lead to ball landing anywhere!
Other than that, I thought yesterday was a very positive result and we played some great football, in the typical Canvey style. What a difference four points from two games makes in moving 8 places up the table. I would be well happy to come away from Kingsmeadow with a point before we go into what is in my eyes a more important fixture against currently 5th placed Cray Wanderers, whom are only two points ahead having played a game more.
Edited by Matt H, 7 November 2010 - 06:44 PM.