CQFC Energy ‘back to basics’ after Strikers thrashing
RAY Wood is calling for an overall team effort from his CQFC Energy squad this week following a disappointing 8-1 loss to Brisbane Strikers on Saturday night.
CQFC Energy coach Wood went into his side's clash with Brisbane full of confidence at the weekend but saw his team slip back into old habits - a lack of mental focus - and fall short by seven goals in the round 16 Queensland National Premier League clash.
Understandably disappointed by the loss, Wood said a couple of unfortunate incidents and some dubious decisions against the side saw them down 2-0 heading into half- time.
"We would have been fine if we hadn't conceded that second goal," Wood said. "The second goal against us was really the turning point in the game."
He said by half-time the team had lost a lot of focus and things just went from bad to worse.
"It seems that as soon as we are down by a few goals, the team starts to fold," he said.
"We had plenty of chances."
Despite his disappointment, Wood credited experienced players Chris Geddes and Sander Waterland for their performances - Waterland scored the side's only goal in the 81st minute.
Wood said he was also pleased with the performances of trial players Kevin Fraser in attack and Jayden Green in defence and was excited to announce that the duo had signed with the Energy and would officially debut next round.
The coach said it would be back to the basics this week as the team prepared to take on an always tough Far North Queensland squad at Rugby Park on Saturday.
"We'll be working on some of the basics as well as trying to build up some mental strength and focus," Wood said.
"I was disappointed with the game.
"Some of the boys really need to raise their game and provide more of an overall team effort."