THE LINE UPS:
The odds are stacked against us, the teams of varying class and skill; notice the omission of Vincent Pericard, slain by injury. This match would take a some team talk!
The boys were relaxed and motivated, they all knew what I expected of them, bravery, togetherness, stubbornness, commitment to the cause and above all, never give up, miracles happen! I feared we'd need one.
FIRST HALF 0-0
The match began cautiously, both teams sparring; not landing the final blow, feeling there way into the match, on 15 minutes, Velios struck a close range effort home, not the plan. But as instructed my boys were not downhearted and without any expectancy played freely, a chance coming and going for Luca Scapuzzi. The boys became almost dominant, playing possession football and carefully building up into The Toffee's third, dominating possession. Despite this Everton counter attacked well, winning a corner that was headed home by Ross Barkeley on 30, I was clinging on to hope now. Knight-Percival also picked up an injury and was replaced by Mike Cestor. Half time, down but not out.
My team talk worked to devastating affect, I was sure the boys would impress in the second half.
SECOND HALF 2-0
We started the second half well, controlling the tempo of the game and playing our own game. I brought Kamaron English on for a tiring Luca Scapuzzi, carrying a knock, on 60 minutes. this was not enough to hold Everton's superior talent though soon enough, Jelavic netted a well timed 3rd goal, respectability may be all I have to hang on to now. The game ended 3-0 not what I had hoped for but by no means disgraced, this game has shown us how far we have to go, how much progress yet to make, we'll get there one day, one day soon.
FULL TIME: 3-0
The income from the match is all well and good but it has taught me a lot, like a mid term performance check test in school, it has shown me that there is progress here at Woking, but still a long way to go. We must now turn our attention back to the league...