Wanderers too casual in defeat
Posted: March 6th 2017
Manager Marc White lamented the casual attitude of his players following Saturday’s defeat at play-off hopefuls Corinthian Casuals.
Wanderers, who were looking for a fifth straight league victory, entirely dominated the first 45 minutes possession as Casuals were more than happy to drop deep and invite Wanderers to try and break them down. Wanderers will feel disappointed to not have created more chances despite their dominance in possession, with only Matt Briggs and James McShane really troubling the Casuals goal, alongside five first half corners.
The second half saw a much more spirited performance from the home side, clearly buoyed by scoring a bizarre set piece where a slowly curled ball from David Hodges evaded everybody including Slav Huk in the Wanderers goal, to find itself in the back of the net.
With the score line having an unlikely feel to it Wanderers reaction was less than impressive, and a rejuvenated Casuals went on to play in a much more expansive manner than that of the first half. Wanderers would however feel aggrieved to have not received a penalty when Matt Briggs went tumbling down in the box when the referee clearly unsure looked to his linesman for a decision, but the assistant official kept his flag down. Shortly after this incident Casuals added a second goal through Reyon Dillon.
The remainder of the game was open as Wanderers searched for a way back into the game, but stout defending prevented this.
Manager Marc White said: “Today was one of those days where the players and management team have to take collective blame for the defeat. On the field our passing wasn’t dynamic enough, and off the field we shouldn’t have felt the need to become so frustrated. It was a game we were in full control of, and probably would have found a way to win had we not made adjustments to our formation”.
White continued: “What I would say is the same that I said to the players. Nobody will remember this defeat, or any other defeat for that matter, come season end. What they will remember is our performances in the title race, and if applicable play-offs, that will develop during the next 6 weeks. There is a long way to go, and we mustn’t fall foul of losing sight of the opportunity we’ve got within the next 6 weeks. I want all players and the management team to reset and focus accordingly”.
Wanderers are next in league action tomorrow night (Tuesday) when they visit Molesey FC in the Ryman Division One South (7.45pm kick-off).
Wanderers: Slavomir Huk, Rob Sheridan, Chris Boulter (Gareth Chendlik 81’), Dean Hamlin, Jerome Beckles, Anthony Oakes, Jake Beecroft (Dean Gunner 62’), Matthew Briggs, Sam Beard (Giuseppe Sole 61’), Tom Tolfrey, James McShane
Subs: Gareth Chendlik, Giuseppe Sole, Dean Gunner, Dan Mahoney, Tom Summerfield
Pictured: Dorking Wanderers Manager Marc White calls for re-focus.
Pic courtsey of Darren Pepe