Ipswich team's commitment under the spotlight
IT'S the situation all coaches dread.
The team has a productive week of training, is well in the game at halftime then suddenly lets its commitment levels drop.
The Ipswich Knights are reflecting on that predicament this week after a disappointing 5-2 Brisbane Premier League loss to Capalaba on Sunday night.
After fighting hard to get back in the game at 3-2 down, the Knights let the home side run away with the match.
Coach Danny Wilson was left to examine what went wrong.
"We created more opportunities in 90 minutes than I think we have created in the last five or six weeks,'' he said.
"We didn't take our chances, which is our own fault but three of the five goals we conceded, we just had players ball watching.
"We're just not switching on at the right moment.''
Wilson was happy with how the team prepared after having a weekend off. He also had a full strength side except for injured utility Brodie Kenyon.
After Emmanuel Peter equalised at 1-1, the Knights had every chance of finishing with a win.
Kazuki Nishimaki scored the Knights' second goal with his team still looking to gain maximum points. Then Capalaba seized its opportunities.
"We just didn't hit the target,'' Wilson said.
"It's extremely, extremely frustrating.
"Some players probably had their best games for a while. However, at key moments we were just second to the ball because we didn't have that desire or that commitment that we needed.''
The Knights' next match is away to Albany Creek on Friday night.
"We just need to really man up and do what we need to be able to do to get through this hurdle,'' Wilson said.
The winless Western Pride women lost their latest NPL game 3-1 to Sunshine Coast.
Sophie Lamberton scored early for Pride at Kawana on Sunday before the home side wrapped up the match.
State of play
BPL: Capalaba 5 def Ipswich Knights 2 (Emmanuel Peter, Kazuki Nishimaki). Reserves: Ipswich Knights drew Capalaba 1-1.
Women's NPL: Sunshine Coast 3 def Western Pride 1 (Sophie Lamberton).