Real Tuesday 4 - 9 The Moonies
As the closest thing we have to 'management' these days, thought I should jot down a few thoughts after last night's game. Not expecting you to respond - this is just a review of the game, and some stuff we might want to consider for our next 11s game.
It's possible to play a lot of good football, and still lose 9-4. Some of our midfield play (in particular) was very impressive, but we periodically tended to lose our shape and let the Moonies break up field (and, often, score). Still, I've rarely seen Real play so much football in an 11s game.
Correct footwear and 11s experience are sometimes overrated. Ian was in trainers last night, and played a blinder - besides notching two long range goals, he really anchored the midfield. And boy, did it need anchoring (as usual!) He got my Man Of The Match vote. And Pauline, despite never having played 11s before, did really well when she came on in the second half - just passing the ball, keeping out of bother and generally calming things down in the midfield.
We need a 'proper' keeper at all times. John and Al did their best, both making several key saves, but we really need to get David or (better still) Lee between the sticks for the next one.
More thought needs to go into who plays where. Rather than rely on a couple of folk to pick the team, I'd like to see a group of our regular, experienced players (say, Al, Ian, David, Keith) pick the best team for each 11s game. If that means leaving regular 5s players out because there isn't a place for them, I don't see a problem with that - certainly, if we had enough players in defence and midfield, and the 'selection committee' didn't think I could hack it up front (he hinted), then I would happily give that game a miss. Don't think anyone would have a problem with that? It's not as if you wouldn't get a game at 5s the following week if you'd been dropped for one of our rare 11s games. I'm basically fed up of Real Tuesday getting horsed at 11s, you see ...
3-5-2 really doesn't work for us. When we switched to that formation in the second half, that's when we started p*ssing goals (six of them, given that it was 3-1 at half time). OK, we needed to score, but 3-5-2 left us awful exposed at the back. Maybe 4-3-3 if (OK, WHEN) we find ourselves in similar circumstances again?
We need to get our substitutions sorted out. Malky and Pauline both did well when they came on, but it took too long for us to figure out where they would be playing. Need to try and work all that stuff out in advance (poss via the above mentioned 'committee').
Maybe our fitness isn't so bad, after all. OK, we had
a lot of young players in the team (Gary, Scott, Craig etc) this time
around, and the Moonies are all getting on a bit, but they did look
knackered by the end. When we play them again, if we can keep the scores
tight till well into the second half, we should be in with a chance.
Despite the foregoing, I really enjoyed last night, and
don't think we disgraced ourselves. Thanks to all of you who turned
out - nice one!
Also, at times we were very static and prone to waiting
for the ball.
(Match Stats to follow)