Moneyfields end United cup dream
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