Young Roar Head Coach James Robinson says that he is incredibly pleased with his side’s complete performance against Magpies Crusaders after a late strike from Rahmat Akbari secured all three points in Saturday night’s NPL QLD clash.
A goal, which did come in the second period, appeared imminent for the Young Roar after an opening half that Robinson felt was dominated by the boys in orange.
“I was really pleased after the first half, and I told the boys that they need to be patient with the process, keep our standards simple and the goals will come. We adjusted a couple of minor things at the half, which let us draw them out of their box in the second 45,” Robinson said.
The team was reinforced by several players with Hyundai A-League experience which coach Robinson says is great for the team’s competitive drive.
“It’s always a big positive for the boys to have players like Joe Caletti and Daniel Leck return, it’s good for competition and drives the boys’ performance further,” Robinson continued.
“It’s an understanding that we’ve got to match these teams [in the NPL QLD] physically and earn our right to play every week. When you play senior football, you’ve got to be competitive to impose yourself and let the ball do the talking.
“If we know we haven’t got the experience or the pace as some of these teams, we need to move the ball around a bit more, we need to be clever with our movements and the boys have done that all perfectly tonight.”
The Young Roar head back on the road to Briggs Road Sporting Complex this Saturday night (7pm KO) to face second-placed Western Pride who have started the campaign strongly.
Currently sitting in fifth, the Young Roar Coach is not looking too far ahead in hopes that his players will take their improvements one week at a time.
“This week’s match was a build upon last week, and this week we will review, analyse, and kick on to push these boys a little bit higher. We know the minor details matter the further up these boys go, so we need to make sure these boys keep improving and battling for places,” Robinson concluded.
“It was a complete 90 minutes of consistency against Magpies Crusaders. We had a few questions asked of us, but everyone is in a good space where we can enjoy the win, get back to work and prepare for a big few weeks.”