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December 15, 2008

gamba v adelaide

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 12:09 am

got home in time to see the most of the second half.  i missed the first 10 minutes or so i think.  but what followed was maybe 20 minutes of AU trying to stretch gamba without giving up another goal, then 15 minutes of pushing forward madly to try to get the win.  throughout, gamba seemed happy to stay deep and hit on the counter.  they were the team with a goal after all.

random thoughts – ummm.

the difference in speed of thought and fluidity of movement was easy to see.  every AU pass was a little slower, a little more obvious … when i first turned on (about the 10 minute mark) every AU pass was to a marked team mate, who wasn`t moving forward.  gamba could see the passes coming and looked quite comfortable.  gamba always had more time on the ball, and more passing options.  or at least it seemed that way.  eventually, adelaide picked up their speed of thought and stopped being so obvious, but it was a case of too little, too late.  they needed to start their push 5 or 10 minutes before they did.  easier said than done though when their opponents can hit on the counter as well as gamba can.

adelaide should have got more value out of travis dodd.  i didn`t see any of those powerful, dizzyingly quick runs with the ball that he is capable of … was it because he disappeared on the night, or did gamba just have him figured out?  i`m not sure myself.

i still don`t believe in luck.  i worry that to0 many of my countrymen do.  “with a bit of luck we could have won 3- 1” … no, no, no.  shooting is a skill.  a combination of technical skill and mental composure.  creating goal scoring chances and not taking them is not something to be applauded.

AU now has a very interesting match up against the african champions.  a less exciting, but more interesting match up than the red devils.  getting walloped by a disinterested man u or having a go at the african champs in a competitive match?  i`ll take the second one thanks.

if AU can push on and achieve something this a-league season, it`ll be (at least partially) because of games like these against better opponents.   they have shown mental toughness and good organisation to get as far as they have in the ACL.  they have had to play with quicker thought and more guile than you would need in the a-league.  and are better for it.    AU have seen what a really good team looks like, now the question is can they become one.

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2 Comments »

  1. Dod did have that one great run in the first half, ran across two defenders and took them out of the game, got one v one with the keeper and fluffed it (should play for the Roar;)

    Would you mind if I added you to the blogroll at TRD?

    Comment by Ed — December 15, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

  2. hi ed,

    do you think he would play up front if he had more composure?

    hmmm, i think that if you could take dodd`s best moments from 3 or 4 games, and push them into 1 game … you`d have one hell of a player. perhaps one of the better aussie players.

    yeah mate, add me onto the blogroll.

    clayton

    Comment by notyalcsdrawkcab — December 15, 2008 @ 11:32 pm


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