August 2015: A Tough Beginning
Could we make a good start to the season?
The day is marked out on fans', players' and managers' calendars all over the world. It's the first day of the football season, and it's an incredibly important game. The premiere match can decide your fate and if you don't get off to the right start it can put you in a downward spiral from the beginning.
Our first game of the season was a home one at the Polideportivo Misael Delgado, when we took on U. Central Venezuela FC, a team predicted to finish comfortably in mid-table, maybe towards the upper reaches of the standings. So to get a point there was fine. We were nervous, yes, but we still managed to keep a clean sheet but we lacked that end product that could've given us the win but that will come with time at this level.
Six days later, and we managed to score our first goal - but also fell to our first defeat - when we clashed with Estudiantes de Caracas. Despite going ahead in the opening ten minutes of the game, we failed to convert chances unlike our more experienced opponents.. meaning we left San Felix without a point. (pompeyblue, take note )
The final encounter of our opening month was against lowly Socopó, who were a side we needed to take advantage of. However, because of our inexperience they made life tough for us but credit to the boys for giving it their all. Reyes was our rescue man again popping up for two goals.
For our first month we only managed to accumulate two points, but we remain in fourteenth place, not a bad return. Getting that first win will be pivotal in ensuring survival. Getting that as quickly as possible is the target.
Player of the Month
It may be seen as harsh, but I genuinely don't believe we had a worthy winner this month. I think most of the players are still adjusting to the quality of this league and it will definitely be a test of their adaptability. I have faith, nonetheless, that we can find a good result soon enough.
On the Training Ground
On the training ground we shall focus on attacking set pieces. As a newly promoted side to the league we're up against faster, stronger and more intelligent teams. Teams that are capable of passing rings around us, running faster than us and out-muscling us. Set pieces are a valuable source of goals that can change games. All we need is a corner or a free kick, and if we brainstorm some routines or do it well, we can put ourselves back in games or ahead.
*This tip came from Justice, I suggest you use it if in the same situation*