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PREMIER MEN: Round 5 Review

A disappointing loss down at Melville ends our 100% start to the season.
Head Coach Chris Zoricich gave us his views on a challenging game and also looks back on All Whites Head Coach Danny Hay paying his team a midweek visit


First loss and dropped points of the season. A 5-3 scoreline is always going to have plenty of talking points, what was your take on the game?

On the day I was obviously disappointed we conceded 5 goals and having watched the video and the manner in which we conceded and the timings of when we conceded I’m even more disappointed.

Scoring 3 goals away from home you should be getting a result of some kind.


2-2 at halftime, what did you say to the boys, stick or twist?

Wasn’t a matter of stick or twist it was a matter of addressing the fact that we should be coming into the halftime talk 2-0 up or at least 2-1 up but the fact we weren’t highlighted we needed to defend better. We said if we don’t concede again we at least get a point. Obviously that didn’t transpire.


I'm sure there are plenty of learnings the boys will get from the game but what about you, do you dwell much on this type of result or do you move on pretty quickly?

I always dwell! I think about the game on the way home, that night and the next day or two! Having said that yes we do have to move on quickly with a couple of tough games coming up. We will analyze where we can improve (although that is pretty obvious) and then focus on our next opponent.


A huge game versus Auckland City at Kiwitea Street up next. They are 100% this season and now top, how will you address the mindset of your players for this game

It’s a great test for our players especially our younger players. I’ll be stressing that these are the games you should be relishing as a player and we need to go there and show respect for what ACFC have achieved in the past but have no fear.


Finally, you had a special visitor to Seddon last week in the form of All Whites coach, Danny Hay. You invited him to take a training session, didn't you?

How enjoyable was that for some of the younger players and players who are in the shop window at u23’s, U17’s and U20’s level?

You will have to ask them if they enjoyed it!

I asked Danny a week or so prior to him coming in to take part in a session as I thought it would be great for the players and the club to have the National team head coach be present at our training session. Also it was a chance for the players to hear another voice apart from mine and hopefully, even though the message may have been similar, it clarified a few things for the players. 


Don't forget your chance to enjoy an Evening With All Whites coach Danny Hay.

All Whites coach Danny Hay will update football supporters on his work with the national team at a special WSAFC event