Wednesday, April 4, 2012

1 goal and they'll break

Crown must make sure they listen to their coach David Booth from the start of the game, as well as half-time
David Booth isn't a coach who gets carried away, even after today's fabulous second-half performance rescued the result from the jaws of defeat and turned it into a 4-3 victory in Phnom Penh Crown's favour. Here are his after-match thoughts.
"If you analyse the 1st half we had a lot of play around their box, but we just didn't get our last shot in, our last attempt on goal. But after something like fifteen minutes, we're chasing the game at two-nil down. I was already looking to make a substitution. Melvin is a big strong lad, so I put him in up front to try and get something back. The first two goals were two bad goals by our goalkeeper to be fair. I don't like criticizing but I have to say that the goalkeepers are not coming up to scratch and we've got to try and do something about it. After the two goals went in, the rest of the team started bickering as they saw the chance to win the game go out the window.
At half-time we collected everyone back together. As we said at half-time, if we can get 1 goal back, the game's not over and so it proved. At half-time, we tried to coax them, tried to make them believe that it's not over. I said 1 goal and they'll break - and they did. Looking at the 2nd half, for twenty minutes they never got out of their own half except once. We penned them in their own half and eventually they're going to make a mistake. The boy climbed all over Melvin and made a mistake and we scored from it. That got us back in the game. From there we kept the pressure on. We played nearly the whole 2nd half in their half; I'd say 40 minutes in their half and we got 4 goals to show for it.
It's an opportunity for the team to kick-on. For me, I didn't feel we deserved to lose to Naga or Boeung Ket but individual mistakes have cost us. Even today, but we managed to score 4 so we overcame our mistakes. We cannot forget them, we should not forget them. We simply cannot afford to keep making these mistakes."
Phnom Penh Crown take on bottom club Chhlam Samuth on Sunday (8 April) at 4.30pm at Olympic Stadium before a mini-break in the fixture list due to the Khmer New Year.

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