Stockport Sports FC - The Saxons

Stockport Sports FC - The Saxons

Joey Dunn Review On FA Vase Defeat

By The Saxons Webmaster, 14th Oct 2012

“I thought that ultimately Bootle were the better side and they simply had more hunger overall, which is disappointing from our perspective”

“We badly missed the three regulars of Lee Madin, Matty Ward, and Ricky Anane, with whom I am convinced we would have seen a different outcome. Football is about the team and yesterday we were caught out by not playing as a team and inexperience and pressure often leads to poor decision making on the pitch and I think this was the crux of things”

The game started as I expected with Bootle being physically strong but with quality in their play. I know their assistant James Olsen who played in the game so I knew they would look to play football as well. We had the better of the chances, if not the bulk of possession in the opening exchanges and should have been a couple of goals to the good before Bootle scored. That said, we had chances to deal with the ball in Bootle's half for the first goal and by not doing this we left ourselves vulnerable, having then got back in the game it was disappointing that we gave a penalty away to a poor challenge. But we said at half time we had the wherewithal to go out second half and get a result, but we never stood up to a strong Bootle side well enough and gave a goal away in the 95th minute”

“Overall I felt we allowed Bootle too much space and did not play our normal game of high pressure. Too many went into their shells and played their own game and we know we have to be better than that”

“Ultimately I think we missed the lads who were unavailable and Mike Tomlinson played despite being really ill all week and Kyle Hamid had flu all week so it was always going to be a difficult task for us”

“For the neutral it must have been a really entertaining game as both sides tried to win the game right up until the final whistle and it showed all of the qualities that Non league football offers on Non League day”


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