I am no Touches with all the dixee giveaways and bmobile models etc but here is my opinion of the game:
We started with a 4-4-2 .. Phillips, Telesford, James, Power, Adams, Peltier, Hyland, Molino. Daniel, Stern, Jorsling
1st Half started well enough with us keeping the ball well but I noticed Stern and Jorsling both similar in their playing style were too close to each other but that allowed Peltier to use the right channel both in and wide a little more than he would have had Kenwyne been the strike partner using the space better than Jorsling and Stern who are more play to their feet strikers because their ability to hold up play and bounce it off or find a pass is better than Roberts and Jones who are more run behind the defence type of strikers.
Anyway it was obvious the pairing was too similar and was not going to work. Peltier scored a good goal in the 7th when he fought off 1 defender and the keeper and hit a low drive with good composure to make it 1-0 .. After that it was very poor stuff .. giveaways, little movement on and off the ball, bad control, bad decision making.. Only Hyland looked good in the 1st half..plenty aggression and using the ball best of everyone but also winning it back. We looked flat and a change was needed.
Now, I am a massive Hector fan.. This kid is Special, ever since he made his way into the team around the Latapy era I knew he was going to be an important player in this campaign. First off and I am not afraid to put my neck on the chopping block but he is the closest thing technically we have since Latapy, his touch is majestic and the tempo he brings to a game causes our play to transform into another dimension. The game was crying for a live wire to bring it to life. If the team was a patient , at half time he would be pronounced dead but luckily we had that little extra shock to bring him back and that was the introduction of Hector.
Hector and Tinto came on for Jorsling and Daniel.. both exiting players were poor, Jorsling was non existent and Daniel, though one of our better technical players lacks the drive and energy to really impact the team.
The oncoming pair brought great energy and we switched to a 4-3-3 with Hyland as a holding mid and Molino and Hector on top of him with Tinto left Peltier right and Stern through the center which is his best as he can bring the CAM's into play .
Immediately it worked with seemingly all the play going through hector, bouncing it sweetly with Hylanf who was fantastic in possession in the 2nd half too, One touch, two touch , pass, move, pass move, boom bang boom bang.. zipping fast paced smart football .. Crowd start to freak.
Peltier's second was a well worked goal after a nice sequence of passing and his third was a brilliant finish .. A very hard worked hat trick with his 1st 2 goals down to his determination. Dont let the hattrick make him a saviour though, he was still guilty of some poor decisions and a bit greedy with the ball when he had a couple opportunities to square Stern for what I think would have been goals.
Hector was on another level, just oozing with quality and letting the ball do the work and Hyland and Molino and Stern were reaping the benefits of his pulsing play by allowing their technical ability to come together and bring Tinto and Peltier into the game with devastating effect
Stern should have scored when he was played in by Tinto but the keeper made a fantastic foot save but Stern would put that down as a bad miss given his quality. I love Stern John, the underdog, but at his age still tryign his best despite being visibly unfit (I'm thinking after his Mother's death he may have halted his training with personal duties ) not to mention playing the lone striker at his age isnt easy. There is a role for him yet and we should never discard a striker who will find the net, who has technical ability in abundance when it comes to holding up a ball with a man on his back and releasing other players to do damage... Stern John despite missing a goal or running or gunning was a huge reason we won this game by 4 goals due to his quick 1 touch football during Peltier's 2nd and 3rd
Hector rounded off the win with a well deserved brilliant solo effort when he was played through and 1 on 1 a messi esque chip which capped the performance of the 2nd half in the perfect way, Elegance.
Phillips- 8/10- Solid, didnt drop a ball, covered angles, number 1 by a long way
Telesford- 7/10- Did the right things, didnt force the ball, defended well, very good option to have
James- 8/10- Leader of the back and did his job, kept them at bay while keeping his line of defenders in check, good effort
Power- 7/10- Always hungry but sometimes a little too eager to jump into situations leaving himself exposed, a few bad passes but all in all a good job done
Adams- 6/10- dont let the radio fool you, 1st half he was terrible, miscontrolling often, forcing the ball, getting caught out of position, much better 2nd half when he enjoyed the room to go forward due to us switch to a 4-3-3 , something to work with but we need Samuel back immediately or Joevin Jones to come back into the LB until Samuel is here
Peltier- 8/10- well taken goals all at very important times, good pace and tracking back very well, some bad decisions when on the ball though that he needs to work on and I want to see more delivery from him especially in a 4-4-2... enjoy the moment corn curls, but push on
Hyland- 9/10- Possibly the best I've seen from him since the England friendly in 08.. Since he's been away I get the starboy vybe when he is on the field with lack of effort or care but he rolled up his socks and got stuck in and really made me proud tonight, the boy is now a man.. he kept the ball well, won it back well and showed great desire in transition . Quality player on his day
Molino- 7/10- Didnt like him in a CM in a 4-4-2.. he looked a bit lost playing so deep and was careless when on the ball in the 1st half.. 2nd half playing almost behind Stern he enjoyed the creative room and his link up play with Hector Hyland Stern had his swag turned on and he was pulsing the play well and had a fine assist for the 3rd goal with a perfect through ball for Peltier
Daniel- 5/10- Out of it, lack of desire, poor service and a small injury.. not your night Skilla but we know what you have when you decide to use it.. Get Hungry
Stern- 7/10- Form is Temporary but Class is permanent and I'll use that motto for his 90 minute assessment : Wasn't his best game and should have scored a goal but really assisted the team play in the 2nd half with quick passing and his hold up ability allowed the midfielders to use the ball quicker and wide when he pulled defenders with him. Never turning his back on us he gave what he could for 90 minutes at his age up front while recovering from his mothers death and lack of game time and training I salute his efforts tonight.
Jorsling- 5/10 - Non existent but I really like this player so I hope he isnt discarded as he is very similar to Stern and he is a goalscorer.. as I mentioned I dont think the Formation and strike partner helped his game today.. he is better as a lone striker or with a running strike partner as we saw with him and Baptiste linking with lethal effect.
Tinto- 8/10- One of the best games from him in a very long time, used the ball well, full of running and desire and brought great Energy to the game, he looked good on the left of the 4-3-3 and I think the 35th minute sub in Bermuda made him go on with a point to prove today.. keep it up Tinto this is what we want
Jaggy- 6/10.. not that much done when on.. a nice solo run but then a bad pass at the end of it which sums him up to me, full of industry but no product
and last but not least , my man of the match
Completely changed the game, the intensity in play on and off the ball of the team increased with his arrival on the scene, his quick tempo style allowed the team to express themselves with the ball and let it do the work. He was involved in all 3 second half goals scoring 1 himself.
This kid is the truth
I think we have found our formation but it is finding the right personnel for it will be tricky, Personally I would go with:
Jones may ironically be the weak link in the formation as it probably requires a striker with top technical ability but I am hoping he can mix his game with the game needed and cause a deadly combination
At the end of the day yes its only Barbados la la la but after seeing the 2nd half performance and knowing the players coming back to the team I feel very confident going into the next 2 games
Cheers for the 3 points and good play lads