“There’s no other word for it – lamentable!” – Wodkas chairman Lord Bebbington, speaking after his team’s 1-1 away draw to KsG_GóRniK_ZaBrZe in the league, this Sunday 20th March.
Welcome back to the Wodkas blog, Noblemen and neutrals alike! It has been a VERY LONG time since Hattrick United allowed us to update our beloved blog. Sadly though, now that we can, we bring you news of another disappointing result.
For long periods of this game, ZaBrZe played a pressing tactic, which was more like a ‘de’pressing tactic, and it was even more dismal for the travelling fans when the home side went 1-0 up in the first half. Thank heavens for Hubert ‘Polski-Speed’ Krosnowski, who scored on 69 minutes after replacing ‘Snipinho’, who still isn’t at full fitness after some weeks of heavy bruising.
Nevertheless, another draw for Wodkas. It leaves them 4 points off the top spot and a game against the league leaders next week at home. We look at the strengths and weaknesses of the current Wodkas side, and where they might finish by the end of week 14. To do so, we spoke to youth team manager and Wodkas Hall-of-Famer, Elco ‘The Showboat’ Temmink.
“We all know what talent there is in defence, and it was again on display today, despite letting the opposition score. To be fair, Marcin Listosz is a head specialist, he’s not a great technical player. He just didn’t anticipate quickly enough the tricks and skills of the opposition striker, and so he got left behind and we conceded a goal we couldn’t really afford.
When you look at the opposition’s previous league results, today’s side was a big surprise. Look at last weekend’s game for them, for instance, they only brought a poor midfield and lost 5-1. Today, it looked like they had purchased a brand new squad and brought midfield that overpowered us. In truth, they hadn’t brought in any new personnel, and played a strong tactic. Their stamina conditioning was their undoing, and I worry that against a fitter team, Wodkas wouldn’t get the gaps and chances that Zabrze provided in the 2nd half. It was also a massive boost for Mszyca that the home team lost a player to a red card, and of course, we all know what a fresh Hubert Krosnowski can do to backlines.”
What then, of Wodkas possible final league standing?
“Some bad results over the past three weeks means I don’t see Wodkas finishing in the top 2, but it is feasible. Realistically, I think Wodkas will churn out a midtable qualifier position, and I hope it’s 3rd rather than 4th. But with no real financial punch right now, with all the club’s money invested in their goalkeeper and defensive trainees, you can’t see the club putting out a stronger midfield or attack than it did today. The only improvement I see happening over the next 9 weeks is in the physical conditioning of the players, meaning that they will remain stronger for longer during their games. I hope this benefits the forwards and midfielders too, meaning we might sneak a few goals towards the ends of games, which in all truth, I don’t think we’re capable of right now.”
Next up are Clan Phoenix in the opening game of Golden League Season 8 in midweek. With the reserve team playing, don’t expect much in the form of improvement come Thursday morning. Give it another season though, and things might be a little different…