Whilst it's not necessarily a bad thing all the time, I have noticed over these past two seasons how negative Canvey's style of football has become since Glen Alzapeidi arrived. With Batchy you got flowing attacking football, where the ball was passed around on the floor and moved from back to front with short, quick passing and running into space and onto through balls. These past two seasons we have been playing too much long ball, which is wasteful for us as none of our forwards can win a header and second balls are too often picked up by the opposition who then hit us on the break, putting the advancing midfielders on the back foot.
I've noticed we've gone back to the bad habit of passing the ball around on the edge of the opposition penalty area rather than attempt to split the defence and find a one-on-one through ball. We do try the one-on-ones but they're over the top and I refer back to not winning balls in the air.
Also, I don't recall ever seeing Batch play to defend a 1-0 lead for 45 minutes against lower league opposition. I fully expect to see it against Stortford but wouldn't want to see it when we're playing Aveley again in the League Cup. John accepted the fact that he needed help and Ryman Premier experience in the dugout by his side, but I don't think we're getting the best out of them both currently whilst their styles of football conflict.
I'm not blaming last night's performance on any one aspect, but like has been said previous a combination of negative football, lack of enthusiasm, playing players that don't warrant a start and generally not using all the resources available to you is not going to produce great results.