Let’s be honest here, we played some good stuff and thoroughly deserved our win but the opening spell was edgy.
The first eight minutes of the game were notable only for the aimless balls we pumped the length of the pitch. There seemed to be no coherent plan of either aiming for
All of a sudden, we intercepted a loose pass, broke ourselves and scored with a deflection. Instantly, the attitude of the players changed. Our players wanted the ball, they were comfortable with the ball at their feet and they were making good intelligent runs. Our passing was crisp and while they didn’t always come off, the reasoning and logic behind them was clear. This is not a rant about playing long balls – long balls are fine so long as they are used properly. Sending the ball 60 yards over the opposition back line for Scott McDonald to chase is fine so long as he has made the run and the ball is well delivered. However, our efforts in the opening minutes were simply lazy and ill thought out.
The change in our players when we got the goal was remarkable. Yes, they were helped by the fact
We know they can do it and they know it as well. If we play aimless long balls from the start on Saturday, we will be in for a long and hard struggle against an improving