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Analysis: The Eagles Thumped By Resurgent York United

By on April 26, 2024 0 758 Views

If Tuesday’s defeat to Cavalry was the Eagles falling back down to Earth, Friday’s 3-0 defeat to York was the full crash landing right afterwards.

It was a despondent performance from visiting Vancouver FC as they made it back-to-back defeats in all competitions, a drastic u-turn from their stellar start.

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Photo Credit: John Jacques

Lack of Cutting Edge Across The 90

Afshin Ghotbi, after the match against Cavalry, wanted to see a response from his side for this match-up against York. He felt his team had a ‘lack of concentration’ in that match. Well, it’s safe to say that that lack of concentration extended into this match as Vancouver lacked any real threat in the attack. The Eagles registered only two shots on target all match compared to York’s six.

“It came down to a lack of concentration,” explained Ghotbi after the match. “The game was decided on a that, and from mistakes being made from both sides.” Moses Dyer had the best chance for Vancouver in the first half, rising to meet a Paris Gee cross with a header which sailed over the net. Afterwards, there was little coming from the Eagle’s attack.

In stark contrast, York United found their talisman in a goal-starved Brian Wright for this match. The Toronto, Ontario native scored a brace and registered an assist, making himself the clear winner for Man of the Match. It took until the 70th minute, but after the first goal York United tallied two more afterwards, leaving Vancouver well adrift by the end.

Tired Legs, Tired Minds?

One of the biggest factors for Vancouver FC going into this match was the match weariness of his squad. The Eagles have played three matches in just eight days, with little to no rotation beforehand. For Afshin Ghotbi, the fatigue from all that travelling had a clear impact on his side’s performance.

“It takes a tremendous toll [the travel], not only on the mental side but the physical side,” explained Ghotbi to media. “I think there is nothing more we can do but improve the logistical side and the management side of it.”

Some of Vancouver’s plays reflected that toll. The passing was sloppy, those great passages up the pitch seen previously weren’t on display, and it felt like everyone was just a half-step behind York, especially in the last third of the match. It was no wonder then, for Ghotbi, that his side just wasn’t up to par in this one.

“When you get tired,” described the VFC boss, “you lose concentration. It’s like driving, when you get really tired your driving isn’t great.”

Vancouver now have a week to be able to get back into gear ahead of their return trip to Cavalry, as they look to get back on that title-challenging horse in the early parts of this season.

Header Image Photo Credit: John Jacques

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