Sunday, 17 October 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
North Kelvin United Match Report – Saturday 18/09/2010
Paisley and District League tie
Location: King George V playing fields
North Kelvin United (T2) 0 v 3 Glenburn AFC
MOM: Tom White; he was extremely solid today- he held the line well, used the ball from defence and made many crucial interceptions. He played with an authority unmerited by the score line.
After a number of early and crushing defeats thus far T2 were optimistic ahead of a very winnable game against an average Glenburn side suffering a similar start to the season. Overall we have been very poor in the key areas of defending and attacking, conceding 15 goals in 4 matches and only scoring 1 in the same length of time. Though the performance last week was much improved last week, we were looking to get ahead in this fixture and get a result on the board. This game also marked an end to the T2 career, for the foreseeable future, of Alister Eden who will be touring Australia for 3 months. As such, in recognition of his dedication for signing up to the club for a few matches, he was named captain for the day, taking up a familiar position at right back. In other team news, Davidson’s absence in the T2 goal would be taken up by the versatile Scott McKinnon, showing his leadership qualities.
The game itself started well for T2 and we looked to get on the ball and take the initiative in the early stages. There were neat interchanges between Kay and Roberts reflecting the holdup play we had put in at training, but the Glenburn defence snuffed out most of these premature attacks. Then a moment of contention. From losing the ball whilst in possession it ballooned up into the air and looked to have been taken down by the arm of opposition winger; appealing for handball, T2 players switched off allowing him enough time to pick a pass between defenders, finding his centre forward who slotted home from 10 yards. Despite the dispute over the decision, it was a blatant handball, we didn’t defend it well and were waiting for an unforthcoming whistle.
However, T2 didn’t fold as in previous weeks after the goal. At times are passages of play were well constructed, we looked to create chances with Seywright wriggling into the box and snapping a shot down the keeper’s throat and Kay gambling on a 50/50 in an attempt to lob the onrushing Glenburn goalkeeper. Despite the efforts of the forwards they had very little real service from which to test the Glenburn defence. The Glenburn side were giving as good as they got and only a last gasp challenge by Thompson kept it at 1-0 at half time.
Into the second half T2 did start well and we aimed to get something from the match. The early chances went T2s way, McMillan driving through the challenges to pick out Kay whose instinctive lay-off to arrival of Rehman was timed allowing him space, but the finish didn’t match the build up. Similar play led to a through ball by Seywright to the advancing White but his shot hit the keeper. At this point T2 were all over a Glenburn side in disarray but the chances came and went and suddenly we were on the back foot again, with McKinnon to thank for some useful saves despite his unfamiliarity with the position. A simple long throw was poorly defended with men up the pitch seeking an equaliser and the Glenburn attack had men over at the back post, although the initial shot was saved, the rebound fell kindly to the Glenburn striker for him to smash it in from 3yards . At 2-0 it was game over. There was time for Glenburn to add a third whilst T2 looked despondently back from forward positions as defending was abandoned altogether. Despite the one-sided score line T2 were in this game for a large part of it, but we fell apart again when it became obvious we weren’t going to get a goal.
Whilst it is obvious T2 need to look within themselves to find a result, bravery, determination and an iron will to win are things we need to find; but perhaps more importantly is a belief that we can win tight affairs like this one that is so far proving elusive. Having only scored 1 goal in 5 games now, we need to find the net on more occasions. If we had scored while this game was still close there is no reason we might not have gone on to draw or win. As it was it proved to be another poor performance.
1. 1.Scott McKinnon
2. 2.Alister Eden (c)
3. 3Ritchie McCluskey
4. 4.Tom White
5. 5.Dughall Thompson
6. 6.Keiron Roberts
7. 7.Umar Rehman
8. 8.Sat Uppal
9. 9.Fraser Seywright
10. 10.Adam Kay
11. 11.Derek McMillan
12. 12.Ryan McGregor
13. 13.Rammo (10)
14. 14.Harry Colegrave15. Matt Owen (7)
Saturday, 10 July 2010
Thursday, 1 July 2010
Monday, 21 June 2010
The first one of the conference was this; "We are hearing stories of disorder and disharmony in the camp this morning, what is your view?... Terry's reply...There is no unrest in the camp at all." However the section of his answer that was reported was Terry's declaration that he was speaking on behalf of the players against Fabio Capello. This is categorically untrue. He was speaking on behalf of the players to present a united front to the nation and critics of the team. The overwhelming message of his conference was a determination to solve the obviously apparent problems with the performances of the players, whatever the method. There seemed, perhaps more than there has been at any footballing tournament before, a blatant need to generate a rift between power-hungry villain John Terry and the floundering Capello. The stories were already written, Terry has just played his staged role and incriminated himself. Essentially Terry's uttering about the qualities of Joe Cole, prompted by questions, have been spun into a challenge to the authority of Capello in his ability to pick the team. Again this is not the content of Terry's answer, he was professing a professional trust in the abilities of Cole and noted that if required (by Capello) could do a good job for England, in his opinion. Frank Lampard had discussed similar themes in his outing with the media savages the day after.
Capello has talked of a 'big mistake' in Terry's judgement for mentioning Cole by name, as he stated clearly that it is unhelpful to mention players as it will be disrespectful and a more difficult choice for the manager if a storm is generated for the inclusion of a player, in the public frame, when it could contravene his tactics. This does not entail that Terry is a mutineer, but that is the frame presented by the English media now, culminating in the ITN evening news presenting this episode as a 'showdown' between Capello and Terry. If we weren't in trouble after 5 minutes of playing Algeria on friday, we certainly are now and not because we are playing badly, but because the media fuelling the team's downfall. Oddly enough there are comparisons which can be drawn with 2006 in Baaden Baaden. Essentially Eriksson's attitude to the media was to allow them celebrity style access to the player's and thus distract them from the detail of winning football matches. As such, when England have performed disappointingly in the microcosm of the England contingent in South Africa, the media have had only one choice, to dismantle the team and create the ensuing inquisition. The England team might to best to refuse any media exposure 2 days before the crucial game of Capello's era. If it pays off a line can be drawn and built upon, if it fails Capello will be eaten alive, by the media and John Terry will be blamed, by the media resulting in a week's media coverage and calls for the revolution to be conducted swiftly, publicly and openly with televised executions. They have prepared the guillotine... now John Terry and co must make the crucial choice; whether it is better to die on your feet against Slovenia or to die on your knees... but perhaps the media have framed Zapata to meet their own ends too.
Friday, 18 June 2010
However, this is not a concrete excuse for a dismal performances in the last two group games, England should have beaten both of them with a team containing our talents. The problem as ever is not confidence, not lack of effort, or chances, it is a glaringly simple reason. We are playing our best midfielder, who plays either behind the striker or in an advanced position on the left wing, a position, like Paul Scholes he doesn't play and isn't equipped to play. We are not playing someone who attacks the left flank as a result (or effectively down the right either), who will give what should be two aerially dominant strikers in Rooney and Heskey even half chances resulting in a bastardised version of Spain's passing football, great exchanges through midfield, then tragically nothing else.
Fabio Capello is paid £6million a year, a similar amount to his predecessors, to make this England team play well, but more covertly and sinisterly he is paid that sum to make that difficult choice. Lampard or Gerrard. In the 442 that we see now only one can play in the attacking midfield position, their position. We treat them as if they are professionals and use old adages like "they can play together". This is a falsehood, they are not central midfielders, but attackers and as a result one must make way. Traditionally, (from 2002) England Managers have decided that the more talented player should move to the left, incorporating the most talented players into the team and retaining Frank Lampard in the centre. This has the effect of braking a Gladiator's left arm and throwing him into combat, even though he is strong in the heart and chest area, his central cage, without his left arm he doesn't stand a chance against those Lions. If England are to salvage anything from this campaign he must be dropped. In theory this means we now can play two wide men, probably Joe Cole and Lennon and cross the ball. I would much prefer to play Rooney on his own up front and use pacey wingers who might be able to catch up with the recklessly deficient Jabulani ball, but we unfortunately left Theo Walcott and Adam Johnson at home. Shaun Wright-Phillips is allergic to the left flank. As such it seems like we may plod along with the same stubbornness to our eventual demise, but like a Gladiator with a broken arm fighting lions, the effort will be cruel, inevitable, and perhaps even comically bad.
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Argentina had a strange qualification, but it counts for nothing here, many critics are using this as the litmus test for his ability as a coach, but did he not qualify? The Argentina side he inherited was in stagnation, despite it's talent. He made tough decisions in dropping stalwarts of the side in Cambiasso and Javier Zanetti, and after such excellent European campaigns, it seems to Europeans such as ourselves that he is mad for not taking them. Whereas lesser men may have buckled to the pressure, he is going with his game plan, Mascherano screening, bullying midfielders and Veron metronomically making the side tick. (A la Capello and his views on Heskey).
Furthermore, he has been labelled as clueless for using too many players in qualifying, 107 in total, but most of these were Argentina based players, giving them a chance for international exposure against opposition that is not as strong as the final tournament. We often say here how good it would be for Capello (and by the same token other England Managers of the recent past) to give in-form players a game. Not just friendly matches however, ones which Darren Bent plays alone upfront and is offered no ammunition for goals, real qualification games where the aim is only to win.
In a strange way, Argentina, because of this mentality, are the best prepared team in the tournament (only Germany can lay claim to being more prepared, their players have used the Jubalani for an entire season compared to the 20 days that has been given to the rest of the teams.), they have the attitude of a flexible team that plays in different manners when required and with the ability of Messi, not only talismanic, but malleable (I believe he may be dropped back into midfield in Veron's absence), they have a player that can win them the tournament through sheer genius.