Defence The Priority

Jan 24, 2012 by

After a brush with officialdom, Ryan Mottin is set to return to the back line

Defensive drills have been the order of the night at training for the Brisbane Strikers since last Wednesday’s embarrassing 7-1 Silver Boot loss to Rochedale Rovers.

Coach David Large, concerned about the porous and ponderous nature of his team’s defending in its two pre-season fixtures to date, said today that he had changed the structure of his team’s pre-season training program this week to work on fixing its defensive shortcomings ahead of a scheduled fixture against Eastern Suburbs on Wednesday night in the second round of the Silver Boot.

Large has no option other than to make some back line changes – and not only because of the number of goals conceded last week. With triallist Daniel Black, who was sent off in the Rochedale debacle, having returned to Victoria and centre half Nick Robinson, also sent off against Rochedale, serving out a suspension two changes were mandatory. But with Large still assessing his options for the season ahead, he probably would have experimented regardless.

“Ryan Mottin will go in at left back”, Large said. “Whenever he has played there for us in the past he has done quite well, while Alex Henderson will play at centre half”.

“All the boys trained well last night. We’ve discussed what happened (against Rochedale) and have already left last week behind. We’ve moved on and are ready for tomorrow night”.

Large also said that he was still prepared to look outside of the group of players who are currently training and trialling at Perry Park, with two positions within his squad in particular exercising his thoughts.

“We are definitely still in the market for a ‘keeper and a defensive midfielder” he said, adding that youth team goalkeeper Willem Rockett would play in goal against Eastern Suburbs and that he was resigned to losing regular defensive midfielder Jordan Mason to Scottish football for at least twelve months.

Kick-off in the Eastern Suburbs fixture is scheduled for 6.30 pm at Richlands. However, with southeast Queensland currently receiving its second drenching in successive weeks, Large is already putting contingency plans in place in the increasingly likely scenario that the Eastern Suburbs fixture will be cancelled. Should that turn out to be the case, Large said he was already negotiating with another club with a view to having a replacement fixture scheduled for Sunday.

“We just need the games at this stage”, Large said.

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