First half yesterday we looked awful, couldn’t string passes together and shot of any confidence. Somehow however we battled through it to be level at the break.
We noticed early on the new Zonal Marking system from corners - mainly after cries of FFS X Y and Z are unmarked!
It was also noticeable that we did not try and turn round in circles all over the pitch, it was just (maybe bumpy pitch or the wind) the short passes did not come off.
Second half we looked so much better. Playing the ball forward and as the half wore on with more and more purpose. Garillo 1st half & Gabbi 2nd both showed how short of confidence they are, but in Gabbi’s case the keeper made decent saves from him.
The POINT being is that West Ham, they will again set up to attack us. The pitch will however not be a cabbage patch and we will have had 2 more weeks with much of the squad to work on the Zonal Marking and moving the ball forward.
Redmond may now be 1st in line to start. What a different player he is WHEN he plays forwards. The ball to Gabbi that brought about the penalty was sublime, as was his dink over the Wigan player that led to the Soares goal.
Yes there was a lucky rebound into Soares, but in fact Redmond was playing a great ball to one of our players (probably Long) who was totally unmarked in the middle - something that would never have happened a week ago as he would have recycled the bloody thing.
2 more weeks work, West Ham set up to attack us, Gabbi & Carrillo gaining in confidence (and not getting in each others way) before Chazza comes on to put the game to bed for us around 75 minutes.
It wont be a cracker but we can beat them, Sparky has 2 weeks with most of them now to build for that and the rest of the season