Seriously, this isn't going to be a report so much as a rant.
Today saw a team bear all of it's flaws in one ugly picture. While one could say the back line was not at full speed with the insertion of a plodding and ineffective Tomisawa in for Wada or that Verdy was hard done by an ineffective and indecisive official, the end result was that this team showed a lack of heart at the top of the offense and a lack of speed in the middle and back. While the stats say that Verdy dominated play, they didn't. A couple of nice stretches were surronded by garbage, especially with the two formerly AWOL Brazilian strikers Hulk and Leandro.
Seriously, when you aren't getting calls and your team is down, whining isn't going to get you any favors.........you sack up and play. The difference in the two offenses were Denis Marquez whined for a bit, saw it wasn't going to fly with Hellen Keller with a whistle and put two in the back of the net, Hulk on the other hand did everything but play today. Leandro meanwhile did little better but showed at least a passing interest in the game, playing some decent defense and getting a couple deep runs in the box. Actually, the two most dangerous chances for Verdy came from Yukio Tsuchiya and Seitaro Tomisawa, who bounced shots of the post and crossbar respectively.
Unfortunately, the defense was Brokeback more than Jake Glyllenhall on the prarie, allowing numerous Omiya players chances in the box. I'm not sure if playing two slow wingbacks in Hattori and Tomisawa along with two plodders in the midfield in Ono and Fukunishi is really a sound strategy. And after today, I'm not sure if playing two talented but uninterested Brazilian strikers is better than playing two less talented but fully motivated strikers in Kaz Iio and Kazuki Hiramoto, neither of which thrills me in the least. Hiramoto was hard done late when on a breakaway, he was grabbed by the arm in the box by I believe the always disastrous Yosuke Kataoka and given on a free kick instead of a PK. Part of the blame goes to a completely useless official who let both sides get away with murder. The other part of the blame lies with Verdy themselves, who argued and whined constantly all game.......watching Hattori go down like he was hit by sniper fire after Leandro barely touched him was embarassing. And Hulk, Diego, and Leandro got way too close to the official, making a decent amount of contact...........a more assertive ref would have red carded at least two of them and the league would have slapped 3 more games on for good measure.
This should be a wakeup call for a team who had a nice bit of momentum going into the last break. When this team of veterans shuts up and plays, they can beat almost anyone. However when they choose to cry in the most Urawaesque fashion, they deserve to get beat .
Time to play for the shirt.