News 21.8.2007

McDonald`s reflection on the beginning of the season for AS

I firmly believe AS Trencin has an exciting future and it is up to us to prove to you we can achieve that.

Our first game away to the Champions was never going to be an easy game. We could have defended in front of our own penalty box and maybe lose 3-0 or 4-0 but I chose to attack them with open football. We where punished defensively which was expected but we created 4 good chances and scored a goal. It was my message to Slovakia that we where going to play attacking football. Also for my players it was important to show them that it can be done that you attack a great team like Zilina and create chances. The national press where very complimentary of our aproach to the game and how we played in possesion, even though we lost 7-1.

Bystrica was our first home game and everybody was confident after showing what we could do against Zilina (on the ball) that we could win against Bystrica. We played quite well but went behind after 18 minutes to a great free kick and stayed 1-0 with 10 minutes to go. I took some risks tactically which as a Coach you sometimes have luck and sometimes you don`t. We didn`t have the luck and lost 3-0. Undeservedly because I firmly believe we are a better team than Bystrica but the scoreline said differently.

I changed our tactics for the game against Artmedia away. We had conceded 10 goals in 2 games and it would be stupid to keep an open house every game so we reverted to 2 controlling midfielders. We also dropped back 10 meters and kept everything very compact. We where 2-0 up 10 minutes in the second half which surprised everybody. Doubek had another great chance with his head and Filip was one on one with the keeper and then we would have beaten the second best team in Slovakia in their home. The team lost 3-2 in the last 5 minutes but again they received deservedly a lot of praise for the way they played and worked as a team. This was in my eyes the turning point tactically but also for the team spirit. Yes we let in again stupid easy goals but we where now equal with our opponents and our opponents again where not a bad team.

Senec came to our ground and we had a must win game on our hands. The first half saw that Senec did not have one shot on our goal. We created many chances but the ball would not go in the goal. Filip made a great move into the penalty area and was fouled which gave us our first penalty of the season. Calmly Micenec came up and scored easily to give us a 1-0 lead we deserved. Senec than came back and scored a very fortunate goal and the game looked like going to a 1-1 draw when Filip scored the matchwinner in the dying minutes of the game. The joy and jubilation was for everyone to see and I must thank our supporters who really got behind the team when they where playing power play leading up to the winning goal. At last we had our first important 3 points and we only let in 1 goal.

Our first 2 away games where against the 2 top teams and now we travelled to Slovan Bratislava who are probably the third best team!! We kept the same tactics as against Artmedia but fell behind again quickly to a header from a corner after 4 minutes and went 1-0 behind. We had a torrid first 20 minutes before we then started coming back into the game. Second half we where very dangerous and played some very effective football creating chances to score till we finally did through good work from Filip assisting for Kamensky to score the equaliser. We could have scored again to possibly win the game but they scored the winner through a dubious free kick given in the very last minute of time. Badly marked at the second post, could have been off side but the facts where we lost 2-1. Yet again lots of compliments for the way the boys played but we where sick because we knew we deserved a point from the game.

Because of our change of tactics and effective quick football we approached the game against Trnava with every confidence we could and should beat them. A great crowd (and we all thank you for that) and we play our worst first half of football I have seen AS Trencin play. Not because they didn`t work because our boys will always work for each other but we where not aggressive and hard enough against a team who if you give them time and space can hurt you. They did and we gave yet again in the first 20 minutes 2 very bad goals away which made life for Trnava a lot easier and for us extremely difficult. Nevertheless we had a spell of 15 minutes in the second half in which we played a high power play in their half but because of our final ball not being good enough and shooting off target we never scored and subsequently lost a must win game, for our own morale in the team but also for the great support we where given by the peole from Trencin.

So looking at the hard facts we have played 6 games and won only one and lost 5. Conceded too many uneccessary goals against us but also created many chances we simply should have scored.
We showed against the top teams that we can be a difficult team to beat (Artmedia and Slovan Bratislava) and beat Senec at home convincingly even though the score was only 2-1.

Everybody knows we have a young team and the owner has been open and said we should give the great talent the people of Trencin have produced a chance to play. We have 5 players of 19/20 coming from our youth system into the first team. Some will move onto bigger things believe me. Through the power training we give them (many thanks to Herkules club at the swimming pool for supplying their facilities every Monday and Wednesday for us). Speed training which follows every power training. A special diet where players are supplied with food supplements. Technical and tactical training which is used in Holland and as everyone knows that is a country that loves attacking football. We look after our footballers and their future looks great.

Mentally forming the players is my biggest challenge, simply because they are used to playing defensive football and not training dynamically so as in the game. It is a long process which has cost time and energy and the players now know what is expected of them and what is necessary to succeed as a professional footballer. I should know I had the honour of playing football at the very highest level in Holland, England and Portugal.

To our sponsors, supporters and members of the club give the team some time and your support. Josef Venglos, Josef Barmos and many other distinguished people in Slovakian football have told me that they love watching us play attractive attacking football and our rewards will come believe me.
So please keep supporting your young, talented team and we will do everything to turn the results around to winning results because every game playing attractive football and losing is for the players also no fun and they want success believe me. The faces in the dressing room after the Trnava game convinced me of that.

Also I would like to thank everybody within the club who are working extremely hard together to help the club move forward. That is right from our washing ladies up to the board of directors.

I firmly believe AS Trencin has an exciting future and it is up to us to prove to you we can achieve that.

See you against Dubnica a week on Sunday.

Author: Rob McDonald
Games schedule
Fortuna league, baráž, 14.7.2020
FC Spartak Trnava vs AS Trenčín
Standings
# 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

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