City Reserves made to pay against Moors
By Nigel Upson
City lose to hard working and talented Moors team
City were out worked and out played by an organised and talented Moors team who were up for the game from the outset.
City should though have been 2.0 up early on but once again spurned chances.
A mistake lead to the first goal and after City equalised through Ethan Moran, another missed sitter lead to a counter attack which was well finished for 1.2 at HT.
City continued to be out worked after half time but again they had chances that they didn't take. They could have been 3.2 up and then they found themselves 1.3.down through good moves and good finishes by Moors who showed how to take chances when they came.
City couldn't find any rhythm against the pressing game of Moors and when City went 1.4 down and then 1.5 down in quick succession, again through penetrating moves and good finishes; City looked a shadow of their recent performances.
Changes rallied City and goals from Substitutes Joel Owusu and Hassan Shah brought them back into the game with 5 minutes left. 3.5 meant that for the first time Moors looked edgy. City then had a blatant penalty shout denied and also hit the bar through substitute Matty Patrick-rivers.
A rally that was too late really.
At the close a 3.5 defeat was a fair result. City didn't work hard enough but had chances to make this game a different scoreline and Moors also could have scored more.
City need to learn from this game. Taking chances and making the game difficult for the opposition is key.
We are conceding unnecessary goals at times. Not a great philosophy but if you are going to concede, at least make sure you score more than the opposition, especially if you create a lot. Kevin Keegan made Newcastle masters at that.