Great Performance against Liverpool
This weeks fixture for the team in Manchester saw them host the Liverpool FC foundation side. In a fixture that head coach Nigel knew was going to be a tough battle, the side were prepared to compete in all areas of the pitch.
As the game kicked off the visitors were on the front foot, pressing the home side and using their physicality to dominate the first 10 minutes. As IH Manchester got into their flow, soon dominance of the game changed, with the home side settling into the game and playing a passing game, playing out from the back and keeping possession. For the next 30 minutes of the game IH Manchester had the majority of the passion, looking good on the ball and trying to do the right things. The visitors didn’t get a chance to get any clear strikes in on goal, however the home side couldn’t make their dominance count, losing momentum in the final third of the field. Half time saw the game level at 0-0 with neither side being able to break the deadlock.
As the second half kicked off, IH Manchester continued their dominance of the game and looked lively going forward, still taking one too many touches in that final third and failing to trouble the keeper. That failure to convert the opportunities was punished by the visiting side mid-way into the second half, as Liverpool broke forward, played the ball out to the right and the right winger hit a miss hit cross that looped over the IH Manchester keeper and made it 1-0.
Right from the restart IH Manchester pressed, with several chances to get a shot in on goal, but failing to have the confidence to strike it at times. As IH Manchester pressed in the final minutes of the game to level the score, they were left open and exposed at the back, and a quick counter attack saw Liverpool take a second goal to double their lead.
Despite all the possession and chances IH Manchester couldn’t get back into the game and it ended 2-0 to the visiting side.
A disappointing result for the players and staff, however lots of positives to be taken from the game.
Head Coach Nigel said “a disappointing result, we just need to have more confidence in that final third to get our shots off and have a go. We dominated that game and kept the ball well. The first goal was just one of those things, these things happen in football and we just have to pick ourselves up and go again, the second was us caught out of position and losing concentration whilst we were trying to get back in the game. If we’d have taken our chances then we wouldn’t have been in that position. All in all pleased with the effort and performance, they were trying to do the right things, some of the play was great, and we just need to make it pay in that final third. Lots to work on for the next game and plenty of positives”.