5 October 2017
Tembisa, South Africa
Only a short time has passed since the last update. I wanted to break things here so I can do a cup final special which will hopefully bring yet another title home!
Blow by Blow
Match 5/30 – ABSA Premiership
Another team that attacks heavily down their left. Rinse and repeat the tactics from the last match.
First quarter passed with no real chances. We looked good but too often the last pass went astray. All square at the break despite us creating the better chances.
Second half started much the same, with Nene having a good shot well saved. At 65 minutes I rang the changes. With 5 minutes to go, Makhathini found himself free in the box and blasted home a well taken goal. Sadly we were unable to hold on as along ball over the top exposed us at the back and they equalised.
Another POM award for Nogi was tempered by the feeling that we squandered a chance to take all three points.
Match 6/30 – ABSA Premiership
Sundowns have been a team we have struggled to beat. They dont seem to play through the middle much so our fullbacks will have to be alert.
We started poorly and went behind via a penalty. Once again our finishing was poor and we missed an open goal as Majola headed wide.
The second half was equally poor and although we created chances we never looked likely to finish them off. The penalty was nicely taken though.
On the balance of the game we had slightly better of the exchange but a draw was in the end a fair result.
Match 7/30 – ABSA Premiership
These guys seem to like a 4-4-2. Assists from outside in so full-backs need to be on their toes. The media seemed to think they play direct, and looking at the goals they score 56% in the first half hour. I am starting with a 4-3-3 possession tactic and see if we can’t blunt their attack.
We started well only to lose Makhathini injured after only 4 minutes. We negotiated the first 30 mins with no goals and I felt it was time to press for a goal before half time. We were almost caught on the break and it took a good save by Luthuli to keep us in it. Finally the deadlock was broken by an own goal and we had a haltime lead.
After the break I came out in ball control mode while I took stock of the situation. We kept it tight and held onto the lead without really looking threatening. That being said we still had the lead so why not continue. Luthuli pulled off some more great saves and we won a game with no shots on target!
POM went to right back Kangila, but for my mind it was Luthuli who was the true star player today.
After a busy day sitting thinking about what I have been seeing, I decided that we needed to change our approach. Last season, BD-Roam was our vehicle of choice, and it appeared to work to a point.
It functioned by reducing the amount of possession the opposition had to work with, thus denying them air to breathe. It was effective at keeping the ball, but at a cost of creating an abundance of good scoring chances. This was most notable against the lesser sides who sat back and denied us space.
In the quest to change the cycle I went with the BD-Dominator which I hoped would cause the opposition more problems. It has been doing that well, but it is suffering form having five players upfield and five back, with no midfield. This clearly was not the answer either.
Enter the next generation tactic, BD-Eradicate! While the design may look a little odd I am hoping this will provide a layered attack structure. The key player is strangely the CM(D) role which I am hoping will act like a stationary pivot around which the team revolves. The DLF will trade places with the IF and SS and act as a wall striker to play them in. The Regista will push up from the back and link up with the left back, DLF and WB(S). On the other flank the CWB will overlap the AP and stretch the game in behind the opponents left flank.
I plan to bring this out in the next match, the MTN 8 Final.
Only three matches this update, two draws and a win.
Currently sitting in second place. However there are trailing teams with games in hand who could overtake us.
The next match is very important and is one I am going to prepare for. It may even deserve a special edition jut for itself!