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Coaches comments vs. Wests Suburbs

Firstly thank you to all the enthusiastic Olympic supporters who braved the bad whether over the weekend to support the lads. The team appreciates all your support!

When Capital Football released the 2008 draw I knew our opening fixture vs. Western Suburbs was going to be a huge challenge. The encouraging thing from my point of view was the way the team performed last season vs. Wests and I knew the boys wouldn't be intimidated by this fixture. A lot of hard work had been put in pre-season and Craig and I were confident we had seen enough in players during the Hilton Petone to have confidence we could get a result away from home.

Steve has done a great job writing the post match review so I will keep my piece very short I promise. For the club to go to Wests and win in that fashion was very satisfying and we should all be very proud of the lads. The most pleasing aspect of the game was the attitude the players demonstrated on the day and how we applied our tactical game plan. Some of the defensive pressure we applied was fantastic and this made it very difficult for Wests to play their normal passing game, consequently they found it very tough to get any quality possession.

On the attacking front we were a mixed bag I thought, in the first half we had plenty of endeavour but lacked the quality to dominate possession. A half of Football where both teams had their fair share of play. The second half for me was a great performance and in my opinion we were well worth the 5 goals we scored. We continued to dominate Wests physically and some of our movement was very good. Players started to do the simple things well and express themselves creatively in the right areas of the pitch. This lead to some entertaining play and fantastic goals.

Another positive was the emergence of number of young players who were given a chance to shine. Players like Paul Kothroulas, Mikey Halikias, Chas Lawrance, Anthony Neonakis, Johnny Gerondis and Travis Vatble all played their part and they will all be better off for that experience. I know Gary (Reserve team coach) has another 5-6 players who were unlucky not to be involved and this can only be good for the future of the club.

A great start to our campaign and the lads have set the standard for the rest of the season. The challenge now is achieving that every weekend.

Finally I would like to wish Stu Jacobs and his Team Wellington lads all the best for their showdown with Auckland City. I hear we were very unlucky on Sunday not to get a result, but lets hope we things are different this weekend!

Shaun Easthope (Co-Coach Central League).

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