Money­fields end United cup dream

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Sport -

HAYES & Yead­ing United’s FA Cup dreams ended with a dis­ap­point­ing sin­gle goal de­feat at the hands of Money­fields.

It was a blow for Paul Hughes and his team who have started in such fine form.

“The game pre­sented us with a team con­tent in de­fend­ing deep with lit­tle in­ten­tion to open up and at­tack us,” said Hughes.

“You can say it was an in­tel­li­gent way to ap­proach the game be­cause we had been scor­ing freely at home. The ap­proach worked for them de­spite pe­ri­ods of sus­tained pres­sure that they had to en­dure.

“They took their chance and we didn’t take ours. It’s as sim­ple as foot­ball gets.

“When we dom­i­nate pos­ses­sion

in a game it means we are in con­trol and we can ap­ply the pres­sure onto the op­po­si­tion.

“Usu­ally that type of pres­sure takes its toll on a team and we even­tu­ally get the breaks. The breaks we are get­ting at the mo­ment are not what I’d call gilt-edged op­por­tu­ni­ties. We are hit­ting the tar­get but not quite find­ing cor­ners to con­vert those breaks into goals.”

Hughes called for his front play­ers to be more clever in and around the box.

“We get a lot of crosses into the box, but with teams de­fend­ing deep against us we find our­selves hit­ting a wall of de­fend­ers in there,” he added. “We need to be cute around the edge of the box in the last third and find other ways

to cre­ate chances other than crosses into the box. Crosses will still be ef­fec­tive for us, but we need other av­enues to open up the op­po­si­tion when they plan to sit back and de­fend.

“On the pos­i­tive side, we are a very dom­i­nant team and have

shown a huge amount of qual­ity so early into the sea­son. It shows we have the right base in place.

“This is the great thing about sport, it’s never per­sonal but it tests char­ac­ter con­stantly. We have a res­o­lute group that can grow from this.”

Hayes at­tack the op­po­si­tion goal Photo: Ray Pe­ploe

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