- I'm sick as a dog
- If I didn't already have to vomit, this season might do the trick
- These reaction posts are getting a bit redundant
In any case, let's get a few things out of the way. Yes, Danny Cruz and Dominic Oduro will probably never hit more accurate shots in their entire careers than the ones that found our net tonight. Yes, Landin should definitely have walked for an absolutely brutal tackle on Pontius (I think everybody on the field and on the benches save the ref knew it). Yes, the first half response from about minute 20 on (when the sun went behind the stands; maybe we're vampires?) would, in a more just world, have resulted in an equalizer.
Because the hand holding the dagger lodged so firmly in our guts belongs to us.
Does Onalfo have any grasp of tactics whatsoever? I could agree with the Pontius for Cristman swap. Cristman wasn't doing much out wide and Pontius looked pretty damn sharp. But what the hell was with bringing on lazy-dog Emilio? The first half fightback was a result of clogging the midfield, playing high-energy, and getting the ball wide to wingers or overlapping fullbacks free to get forward because of the support provided by the Morsink-Simms "bucket" in midfield.
So naturally you want to lower the energy and ability to hold the ball up top while simultaneously reducing numbers and pressure on the ball in midfield and losing much of your wide threat? Maybe Onalfo assumed that we'd somehow miraculously maintain a sizable portion of the possession despite losing worker bees in midfield and losing Moreno as an outlet dropping off the front line, gathering the ball, and distributing to runners?
Add to that the cavalcade of defensive errors that continues to be lethal. Houston were not getting huge numbers forward, so why did they always seem to have an extra guy in space? Can somebody explain why both Talley and Pena, veteran defenders both, kept running back towards Perkins when Oduro, the only Houston guy in the box, had slowed his run and dropped off them? And lets not even count the number of big saves made by Perkins to keep this thing respectable.
There are problems here much bigger than an injury crisis, and it's hard to see a way that this season gets much prettier any time soon. Are we really that much worse than the rest of the league as far as playing staff goes? I don't think so. True, the roster isn't ideal (thanks, Messers Kasper & Payne) and is currently ravaged by injury, but the inability to get basic tactical decisions right; the lack of player sharpness, particularly coming out of halftime; the incoherent defensive play; and the lack of goal-scoring opportunities generated all speak to me of a ship without a proper captain.