Ernest held his own in the center of the back line tonight and even scored the winning goal. Good stuff Ernest!
Ibarra (and Venegas) worked hard and used their speed to say on the right side of the ball going in both directions and Ibarra sealed the deal with the second goal of the game with a great finish off a creative play inside the box by Taka.
Van Oekel made a couple of huge saves to keep another clean sheet.
We are really looking like a complete team, one that completes the job of working hard in both directions with and without the ball.
We still need a bit more work on the pressure/cover roles/work rate of the two central backs. We seem to get lazy back there at least once in every game so far. Defenders should be able to play 90 minutes without losing concentration and without making a large mistake each game.
The system is conservative and based around good defending, but the players are choosing the times to go forward, and the others around them respond to the change in shape when the time is on to shift players forward.
The attack has more then just one dominate element, it can and does change during the game.
New player enter the game and it still works well...
Still a bit rough around the edges overall, but some very good patterns to build on with a lot of time still ahead.