News 5.9.2008

Vulnerable Defense a Reason of Many Conceded Goals

Ivan Galád: "Our defense is very vulnerable, especially in final phases of matches."

The team from Trenčín has conceded 15 goals since the beginning of the fall part of the season. In addition to 12 goals in the league, there were three more in the first round of the Slovak Cup in Vráble. This is not a complimentary testimonial for team’s defense.

“I am responsible for this situation. I consider the statements like ‘one win will change everything’ unprofessional. We are going through a very complicated period. But we have all means available to get over it,“ Ivan Galád thinks looking at the league table. “Before the start of the season, I thought we would have maybe two or three conceded goals after seventh round. Reality is that we have 15. Our defense is very vulnerable, especially in final phases of matches. We saw it in the games against Inter as well as in Šaľa. The problem is in discipline when the game is not developing favorably,” the coach depicts the fundamental defensive shortcomings.

It seemed after the two goalless games against Rimavská Sobota and Prievidza that the defensive activity is getting better, but the four-goal portion in Šaľa did not prove these speculations. “Perhaps we focused more on offensive activities. Each defender got into at least one good scoring chance. We wanted to win and break the horrible series without a scored goal. That may have been at the expense of our defensive duties,“ Tomáš Peciar tries to explain the defensive failures. The young defender fitted into the starting line-up of AS in a surprisingly smooth manner. His performance is relatively steady, balanced, and reliable. "We took him as a perspective player. He has all the parameters to become a ‘new Horváth’,“ Ivan Galád evaluates the performance of the young sweeper.

On the other had, he does not have so many kind words for his partner in the defense. “When I came to Trenčín, I wanted one top and quality player so we hired Csaba Szórád. I knew about his qualities through our previous cooperation. I am sorry that he has not shown his full potential in Trenčín yet. We all expected more of him including the team and club management as well as his teammates. I am here to get him back to the top shape. It will be first of all up to him to get his performance to higher levels,“ does the head coach not hide his disappointment with the performance of the experienced player. “I agree. I am definitely not satisfied with my performance. We are conceding stupid goals after frequent and repeating individual mistakes,” confesses Szórád.

“Defense should be the most stable part of team. Let’s take the most successful periods of Artmedia or Žilina as an example. Their defense played practically unchanged during a long period. After the recent unsuccessful games, we will however be forced to make changes in this formation. We will try some new variants in the preparatory game in Nitra,“ the coach is looking for a way out of the unpleasant situation. Besides the unsatisfactory performance of some players, there will also be changes from disciplinary reasons. The right defender Petr Kaspřák got two red cards in four games and his future in the team is more than questionable. “He is a big disappointment for me in spite of the fact that I consider him to be a good man and a solid player. He is also a very positive person. His lack of discipline did however force me to expel him from the team. Whether this is a definitive or temporary solution will be decided after a dialog with the club’s management,“ Galád informs.

Kleščík and Kasálek are slowly getting back after being injured for a longer time. “We will see if they are ready for the upcoming league match. I am very pleased though that they both want to play. It is very valuable to have players who want to help their team in bad times instead of using their injuries as an alibi,“ the coach says and thinks about the current left defender: “Godál is not a typical left defender. His placing there has been an emergency solution. We will find a more suitable post for him when Kasálek is back."

At the end of the discussion about the high number of conceded goals, the head coach also opens the issue of goal keepers: “My absolute priority was to work with two even goalies. The club management met my expectations. They were able to keep Miloš Volešák, who wanted to go abroad. I consider him the best goal keeper in the first league. I even think he would belong to the top goalies in Corgoň League. In spite of that, his has not been such a big support for the team as we expected, especially in crisis situations. What I miss on both of our goalies is something that Hodál used to have. Roman is shouting, organizing, and directing the players during trainings. We will try to arouse these qualities in our current goal keepers. When we are not successful, we will be looking for alternatives to their posts.“

“We know that our bad results make our fans angry and that they are even becoming uninterested in us. I am still persuaded though that the current situation is just a temporary state. Trenčín will definitely go higher,“ Ivan Galád hopes.

Author: ms, ek
Games schedule
Fortuna league, baráž, 14.7.2020
FC Spartak Trnava vs AS Trenčín
# Team Score Points
1. ŠK Slovan Bratislava 57:14 68
2. MŠK Žilina 48:25 51
3. FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda 42:28 50
4. FC Spartak Trnava 30:32 35
5. MFK Ružomberok 28:33 32
6. MFK Zemplín Michalovce 31:49 32
7. AS Trenčín 52:43 39
8. FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce - Vráble 27:33 33
9. ŠKF Sereď 29:41 27
10. FK Senica 26:40 26
11. FK Pohronie Žiar nad Hronom Dolná Ždaňa 25:44 26
12. FC Nitra 23:36 25

complete standings

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