Causeway Chronicle

Stephen gives his thoughts on Saturday’s defeat against Crusaders to Michael Anderson

First things first, I think it’s time for calm heads.

However, for me there are three points that instantly come to mind when looking at Saturday’s display.

The first is it appears there are no leaders in the team. They miss Stevie O’Donnell’s leadership qualities on the pitch.

The second is just how big a miss Jamie Glackin is. They had no one to link play and carry the ball forward.

And the third is that the build up play is just too slow and predictable.

Oran must be pulling his hair out wondering how they can go from the performance against Glentoran to that against Cliftonville and Crusaders.

Yes you can question reverting to a back three in midweek although there were mitigating circumstances with Dean Jarvis suspended.

But I have to wonder is it a mentality issue with the players?

Some might not like being criticised but professional pride should come into play when you step over that line.

Yes it has been a tough schedule but those players haven’t done themselves justice.

I’m sure Stephen Baxter can’t believe how easy his team had it. He would have been expecting a response from Coleraine after their 5-0 defeat.

I could have played at centre half yesterday!

The Crusaders defence had it so easy and Johnny Tuffey and those in front of him barely had to break sweat.

Is it a fitness thing with the players ? Are some of them not up to three games in a week?

Where was the energy they showed against Glentoran?

What would worry me is there appeared to be an acceptance that Crusaders would win.

It will be interesting in Tuesday (against Bangor) to see what team Oran puts out.

With Glenavon at home next Saturday, it’s a big week for Coleraine.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson