Kosmina happy with chances created vs Redlands
John Kosmina gave credit to his team after they survived a late Redlands United comeback to run out 2-1 winners in his 50th game as coach for City in the National Premier Leagues Queensland. Read the report here.
However he acknowledged that finishing is still something of an issue for his side as he watched City spurn numerous opportunities to put the visitors to bed throughout the encounter.
“Ye we gave a silly goal away.” Kossie admitted post match.
“We had good chances to maybe have a bigger lead before it got to that stage and we didn’t take them but look, we got two and we created some good opportunities and I’m happy with that.”
“We’re getting into good areas but sometimes we chose the wrong options but look, finishing is a hard thing to learn,” said the Socceroo’s fifth highest goalscorer of all time.
“You’ve got to have composure in front of goal, slow down at the right time. I’m happy that we’re making the chances. Eventually they’ll turn around.” Kossie added confidently.
City looked to be cruising at 2-0, but seemed to lose concentration in the final ten, allowing Redlands the chance to grab something from the game at the death.
“They were always going to battle,” Kosmina said, “although we probably did (lose concentration) a little bit.” he acknowledged.
Part of that brain-fade might have come from fatigue as City were forced into two first half changes due to game-ending injuries to Lachlan Sayers and Tristan Hugo, something Kossie acknowledged post-match.
“Having the two injuries in the first half didn’t help. We had to shift things around a little bit and we were a bit makeshift in midfield. André did a good job to go back as a 6 but he didn’t quite get the jist of it sometimes, but we still should have defended that goal better. They shouldn’t have got there in the first place.”
One player thrown on from the bench after just 15 minutes was Nathan Beagley and Kosmina was happy with how the youngster applied himself under difficult circumstances.
“Yeah Beag’s did really well,” Kosmina agreed. “It was a toss up as to whether we bring Kingy inside (or not) but Beags did a good job and he grew into the game which was great.”
“I don’t think he was expecting it,” Kosmina added when questioned about the strength of character required to play the majority of the game off the bench, “but you deal with those things and like I said, he grew into the game which is important, he got better as the game went on.”
Kosmina will be sweating on the injuries to Sayers and Hugo after being forced to deal with the absence of Bon Scott and Preston Hugo during the week.
Both players will undergo scans early next week to determine whether they will be fit to take on Sunshine Coast next Saturday at Corporate Travel Management Stadium.