All you need is height. Well some technique could do me some good as well.By: Tom B | December 10th, 2009
Sorry for the delay, have been applying for jobs and rehabilitating my knee.
So, having gone 5 games unbeated, it is now time to face Club Sportif Louhans Cuiseaux 71.
So, I shape up to Patrick Deceguis, my ass. man., who informs me that the only advantage we hold over Louhans is height. How useful. I am slight underdogs, paying 2.73, and apparently they play a wide, high tempo 4-4-2. Hopefully my narrow pitch will be their undoing.
On the plus side, they are expecting a record crowd of “Over 500″, brilliant.
Selection wise, Mathias Di Mondo will make way for the more defensive Turtle Man Denga. Johan Culianez keeps his spot (just) as a wing back on the left. Otherwise, the only change is that Joel Kiki makes his way back to the bench and Di Mondo drops out altogether. I sent them out with a rigid philosophy, and a standard strategy , and told them they could win.
After 30 mins, I’d had 10 shots at goal, and so decided to throw the kitchen sink at them. I switched to a standard philosophy, and instructed Johan Gallon (on loan from Istres) to play in an advanced playmaker role.
Disaster – they score from a long shot, their first shot of the game. Revert to original plan, and play with an attacking strategy. I huffed, and I puffed, and I created 2 clear cut chances, both of which fell to Diafutua. However, I couldn’t break them down. For the last 10 minutes I played 4-2-4 with an overload strategy taking more risks, still couldn’t break them down.
Oh well, can’t win em all, have to try again next week, against Amiens FC – who the media think will come third this season. Two things which I learnt from the game – I need to stay solid at the back at all times, as I’m left too vulnerable if I commit men forwards. I lack a good creative midfield spark, and cover on the wings.