News 3.9.2007

McDonald: A Point Won With Character!

Rob McDonald: "The match with Dubnica was a game where we must get all 3 points"

The match with Dubnica was a game where we must get all 3 points. The bad run of defeats had to come to an end and we had to keep a clean sheet.

I decided to put Csaba Horvath up front simply because Doubek who started the season off well was out of form and Krizko was just back from injury but also not really in form. Csaba`s height is an advantage but we need to feed off his flick ons more intelligently and sadly not many chances came out of these situations.
Brano (Jasurek) went central midfield and we gave a debut game to Michal Lesak a Czech player brought in by Robert Rybnicek and Igor Stefanko. His experience and coaching was valuable to us and of course the young players will benefit from his advice on the field.

For everybody who are asking why was Milan (Micenec) captain again the answer is very simple. I do not think a team should have a striker as a captain. I explained this before the game and they accepted it professionally.

I thought we defended compact and well for the majority of the first half. Our biggest problem came in the last 10 minutes of the first half when we where losing possession up front too easily which then gave our midfield and defence more pressure. I took off both Gergel and Hlohovsky simply because they where not in the game and brought Doubek and Godal on.

We went behind to a simple goal where a misunderstanding between Milan (Micenec) and Hodal left their striker with an easy chance to score the one nil.
Then came the great goal from Boris Godal who impressed when coming onto the field. His solo run at speed and superb finish was beautiful to see.
Sadly this didn`t last long as an attack over our right hand side gave again an opportunity for a player from Dubnica to come face to face with Hodal and score the 2-1.
Put Krizko on and we played the direct ball up to the 3 strikers. This resulted in their central defender making hands from a cross and that meant a penalty. Again Milan (Micenec) stepped up calmly and scored the goal which was to be the final score, 2-2.
The last 10 minutes we played a lot of power play but without being really dangerous. This was the problem over the whole game we simply did not create the chances we have been having in the previous games.
Biggest problem is simply the simple chances we give away to allow our opponents to score easily. If you score 2 goals at home you should be winning them games.

We need the time now to prepare for the difficult game away to Kosice in 2 weeks time as Slovakia is playing Ireland this coming weekend.
We are proud to say that some of our players have been selected for the under 21`s and under 20`s national teams.

If the players keep the character and work rate the luck will change I am sure of that.

Good luck against the Irish.

Rob McDonald

Author: ASTN
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

complete standings
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