Braedyn CrowleyLAMBTON Jaffas coach James Pascoe plans to tweak the champions attack to better suit former Melbourne City striker Braedyn Crowley.
Pascoe’s move comes after the Jaffas were held to a scoreless draw by ninth-placed Weston at Bear Park on Saturday.
In the end, Lambton needed a brilliant save from Brad Swancott to deny Nathan Morris from the penalty spot to get a point.
It was a disciplined and determined performance from the Bears and a vast improvement on their 2-1 loss to cellar dwellers Lake Macquarie, which coach Steve Piggott labelled the worst in his 30 years as a first grade mentor.
“Piggo wanted a reaction from his team and he got one,” Pascoe said. “They were disciplined and worked hard. They put 10 behind the ball and we weren’t good enough to break that down. Adraw was about right given the quality of us in the final third and the way they set up the game.”
The Jaffas’ strike force was blunted withoutGriffiths brother Joel and Ryan and Bren Hammel.
“Joel tweaked his hamstring against Broadmeadow and will be out for a month,” Pascoe said. “Ryan (knee)did the warm-up but pulled up sore. Bren is in Russia at the World Cup. Pat Brown is working and living in Sydney and can’t train so he played off the bench.Braedyn didn’t get the best service from wide areas. We played a lot of balls in like we had Browny or Ryan at the point of the attack.Braedyn needs a different type of service.
“He likes to get in behind and get the ball to feet. A lot of the delivery was chest or head height and Nathan Morris and their boys at the back dealt with that comfortably.”
The Jaffas are at home to Charlestown next round and Pascoe said they would adjust their attack to help bring Crowley into the game.
“As a coach you have to use the resources the best way possible,”he said. “We are not blessed with physical size and it doesn’t lend itself to a direct game. Our build up is a little slow. We have to play to feet and try and get Braedyn in behind earlier. Teams have to give you enough space to get in behind as well.”