Saturday, 28 May 2011

Deflated - Bentleigh Greens 1 South Melbourne 0

Controlled the first half hour, then Bentleigh went up the other end, won a free kick, scored from it, and that was mostly that. We struggle to break down teams that play defensively and with a counter attack focus, but this is not new. It has been an essential element of the side for some years now.

We had more than enough of the ball, plenty of freekicks in reasonably dangerous spots, and the odd occasion where if the ball fell to a different spot to where it did, might have scored. But that's all hypothetical.

It took me about two hours to get home last night. It was a miserable sort of journey, but upon waking up this morning, I did not feel the sense of dread that I felt last night about the team's chances. Sure, I wasn't over the moon that we had lost, but I couldn't fault the endeavour of the side.

No doubt there will be much disagreement with that view however, and why not? Injuries or not, the side is under performing, and the side will be feeling under the pump going into this week's games against the VTC and Heidelberg, and the probably Mirabella Cup fixture against Port Melbourne the week after. It's not exactly a happy time to be a South fan.

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