In the immortal words of John “Hannibal” Smith (The ‘A’ Team, 1983 – 1987) … “I love it when a plan comes together”.
Today we set up against Pinner United, the only team yet to have lost a point in the league, with 31 goals to their name (that’s just in the league) and 7 clean sheets from 8 games. So to come away with a 0 – 0 draw is an achievement that no-one else has yet to equal.
We set out to frustrate them with a 4-4-0 formation, lining up as 2 lines of four and closing them down at every opportunity.
Whilst possibly a ‘slightly’ negative way to set-up, a great lesson in disciplined football which worked to a tee.
From the opening whistle we gave Pinner no room to maneuver. We allowed them all the time they wanted on the ball in their own half, but closed them down and shackled them as soon as they ventured into ours.
whilst the plan was to try and hit them on the break, there weren’t that many breaks to be had (the drawback of having no outlet up front)
That said, we frustrated them for long enough periods that they resorted to shots from distance which, with a keeper like Matt, very much played to our strengths.
We did break away a few times which ensured that they were never able to commit too many players forwards but ultimately, while the fairy tale break-away goal never materialised, today was all about a disciplined defensive performance from all of the players on the pitch.
As with our other great performances this season, it was difficult to pick any one player that stood out, but Ben awarded the captain’s armband to James and the management selected Ollie. Special mention also goes to Adam, Barsa, Ben, Buddy, Dillan, Jake, Matt, TJ, Luke (for his support from the touchline) and Kieran (for being there in spirit)