From the Dugout with John van 't Schip
Although we produced a promising display during the opening stages of our match in Brisbane, things didn’t fall our way soon after.
Although we produced a promising display during the opening stages of our match in Brisbane, things didn-t fall our way soon after.
Holding possession is an element of our game which should be a strength, but we were instead outplayed all over the pitch.
By turning possession over too quickly, we conceded ground and were required to chase after our opponents, which make them stronger.
As Brisbane proved, our style of play requires us to retain the ball; otherwise we are vulnerable and give away too much space.
We have recruited a team designed to play football, to hold onto the ball. However, gaining possession of the ball requires the team to be smart and work together. Instead, we were doing things on our own.
There was no cohesion, no communication. We were always a step too late, and if that starts to happen, some players have to step up. However, many of our players failed to reach their usual level of performance.
Clint Bolton was the exception. He made a number of great saves, and it was unfortunate he conceded four goals, as people may see the score line and feel he didn-t play well, which is not the case.
He has played well across the season so far and has been a real professional in maintaining a high level of performance every match.
The team needs to forget this game quickly and start thinking about how we can improve our performance ahead of the important match-up with Melbourne Victory.