Another bad day!
Colts struggling with their game
Another lovely Sunday morning but the result again went against the Colts. G4G belied their lowly league position and played some good football which blew away Colts. Their play was pretty fluid all day and the front line again boasted a pacy winger and a striker that knew where the net was. Even so, the first half goals weren't especially well defended by the Colts.
G4G took the lead with a lovely cross after managing to skirt round the defence and crossing to the back post, where the header left Owen again with no chance. Second was from a corner and the G4G striker made a good run to the front post, sending a looping flicked over header the entire defence into the back corner. Two nil and whilst you couldn't say they didn't deserve the goals, equally there were all defendable. The third was hard on Owen, who's had an excellent season to date. A poor ball out of defence found the G4G striker out on the touchline with plenty of space. He made up some ground and let fly rom outside the box, with the ball skipping along the ground, Owen couldn't hold on and the winger sneaked it past Owen who couldn't quite get to his feet quick enough - not that there was anyone else around to help out.
Colts did get a consolation goal just before half line when Frank managed to weave around the back of the defence and his cross was rifled into the net by a defender. 3-1 at half time and Colts really couldn't complain. The actual play in possession was better than the week before but the marking, tenacity and desire to win were all lacking. For some reason, the energy levels are down and if you give teams space they will take advantage of that.
Second half started slightly better. In order to try and cause more problems upfront the system was changed actually a couple of times, which did have some impact and we seemed more lively upfront but this left spaces at the back. G4G then probably played some of their best football and were able to pass it around dragging people out of position and capitalising on the space especially down the wings.
Combined with some sloppy mistakes when we don't retain possession well enough and when we do have it, the pace of play isn't fast enough, then it's a recipe for the kind of games we've seen of late. More work to do on the training pitch, but the boys need to get some self belief back. That does start by actually doing the simple things well - pass and move in simple terms would be a good start.
G4G managed to run in three more in the second half, including an unfortunate own goal, though technically we can learn to do things better and possibly the goal of the match when an excellent cross from the right, was nodded in to the corner of the net from the middle of the six yard box. So much to applaud with the wing play, the cross, the striker holding position and the header itself which left Owen again with no chance.
Looking back some glimmers from another game that may well be best forgotten, but we need to learn quickly that we have work harder and play better football. Seems obvious, but .......