On Wednesday evening Gary Abbott was once again left asking questions about consistency, in terms of availability and concentration at the back. If there are two things which appear to have underlined this season so far for the Fisher boss it is the fact that across eight games the same XI still haven’t appeared twice, and the inevitable issues that brings in terms of sticking to the game plan.
“We have got good players but can’t keep same side so we struggle for consistency, which is obviously a problem. In terms of the boys on the pitch tonight, we dominated the first half and deserved our lead with a great goal, 4 or 5 passes in and around there box and then a good finish from Troy Abbey. Then in the last minute of the half, we give the ball away, one ball over the top and they score.”
— Gavin Witt (@wabbiteater) September 14, 2016
“Into the second half we started ok, but I was so disappointed at how many times we gave the ball away purely because we were having too many touches in our own half, which puts them straight on the attack. The system I’m telling my players to use is to play good football by playing 1-2 touch; when we do that it looks so good but some players want to have 3 or 4 touches and that’s when we get caught out and lose the ball. Also when we let a goal in we need to keep playing our football, have faith in what we are trying to achieve, but we don’t, which is our downfall. That’s experience as well, which with a new, young side we haven’t built up yet. Tonight it is those kind of mistakes that lead to them scoring two more goals.
The reaction of the players at full time did give Abbo a sign of the commitment that is there, and high hopes for the upcoming run of home games – “They were all upset in changing room, which is good that they are and shows me they care. Saturday’s game against Tunbridge Wells is a massive one, and really important we get a win, especially looking at their start to the season too. Every games is tough but these boys will be up for it. We have back-to-back home games coming up and it would obviously be nice to get 6 points on the board. We will see which players are available for Saturday, and go again from there. The players need to take some responsibility for the football, keep it simple and keep it to 2 touch football, manage the game better, put our chances way, but most of all stop conceding goals. If we get those things right then the points will come.”
Croydon 3 – 1 Fisher
Croydon goals – Duah-Kessie ’43 & ’66, Chin ’75
Fisher goals – Abbey ’38
Fisher starting XI – Wadman, Izukanne, Miller, Jabbie, Chukwudum, Mensah, McLeod-Bentley, Thorne, Abbey, Williams & Roche
Fisher subs – Collins, Ufuah, Menga, Wason and Adesina
Attendance – TBC