A Loss with so Many Positives.
Head Coach Chris Zoricich reflects on what could've been after a rousing second half display
A loss always comes with negatives and positives. Let's focus on the positives to start with. An impressive second half saw us contain ACFC and force our style of play for longer periods. Unlucky not to get the draw?
It was obvious for all to see we didn’t handle the rotation of ACFC in the first half even though we were prepared for it coming into the game. We addressed it at halftime and looked a lot better once we sorted that out and were then able to impose our game plan in possession. There were a few strong words in the changing room at halftime but I couldn’t be prouder of the players' reaction to it in the second half.
A big negative is the obvious timing of conceding goals. Similar to last week with conceding straight after scoring and conceding 2 quick goals. How will you address this or is it just a learning curve?
Definitely, something we need to address, and be a very quick learning curve!
It’s something we addressed last week but unfortunately, it happened again v ACFC. In fact, that goal in my opinion killed any chance of us getting a result. We will be looking to rectify that ASAP.
Touching on the u23s and the impact of school football season starting in May. How are you planning for this and how will it impact the squad?
Yes unfortunately the school v club debate is still ongoing. It’s crazy in my opinion!
We just have to deal with as best we can. We have provided the schoolboys with a good development pathway at the club and we just hope that they can continue to be involved as much as possible. You only have to look at Adama Coulibaly and Kaea Rangihaeta and their opportunities at not only being involved but starting for the first team. Adama has taken the decision not to play for school however Kaea’s involvement with the club will now be compromised due to school football commitments which is a shame.
Auckland United up next on Friday night. An early top four 6 pointer. Confident of putting the two losses behind you?
Hopefully! The boys are in good spirits given their second-half performance on Saturday and rightfully so as they pushed the best team in the league and almost got a result. It will be another very tough opponent on Friday but hopefully, we can get back to winning ways at home.
Our Senior teams kick off their season this weekend. Managers, coaches and players will be hoping the new recruits, pre season training and new tactics all come together. What professional advice can you give our hordes of amateurs to get them off to a good start.
Warm-up properly... Don’t get injured!
For the coaches give clear concise instructions
For the players score more goals than the opposition!