0-3 but Campbell is confident of future

April 17, 2018

Shannon Emmett of Numurkah is tackled by Justin Cantwell of Echuca United during the MFNL seniors football match between Echuca United and Numurkah. Photo by Luke Hemer.

EVEN after its third loss in a row, Echuca United is not at panic stations just yet, according to head coach Guy Campbell.

The Eagles suffered a 19-point loss to Numurkah in a low-scoring match, which was heavily impacted by deteriorating weather.

Campbell said Saturday’s match was some of the worst conditions he had endured as a coach, but that was not an excuse for the side’s loss.

‘‘They were very difficult conditions to play in, it was a total flip around from last week where we were worried about sunburn and things like that, to having to have a decent jacket on the sidelines.

‘‘I wouldn’t say we’re worried (about the loss), we certainly know where we’re at, and that is that we haven’t won a game yet. So we’re looking to change that, but we have to go through (Rumbalara) to get it,’’ he said

Campbell said from a scoring perspective it was always going to be a slow day on the scoreboard.

‘‘It wasn’t conditions that you could get used to on the pitch. The wind started going all one way, but then it switched to kind of swirling through the middle and at one stage almost turned right around.

‘‘We certainly won’t use the conditions as an excuse, they were in the same conditions, we just have to take the loss, and have to regroup and go again,’’ he said.

Campbell said there were positives to take from the match, but work must be done if the side is to overcome Rumbalara away this week.

‘‘Obviously I’m not happy with the result. However, working back from that. it was an improved performance, but the important thing is the end result – if we don’t get the process right then the end result isn’t there.

‘‘The positive was that it was an improved effort but it’s overshone by the result and not being rewarded for our efforts,’’ he said.

In the final quarter, United held Numurkah to just one point - a statistic Campbell said shows promise for his side.

‘‘That quarter was proof that the work rate was there. In that quarter the ball was in our forward 50 a lot, but they didn’t score because our defence worked hard all day and got more result than the rest of the team, they were a solid six in the back,’’ he said.

The Rumbalara match now becomes a selection headache for Campbell, after the United reserves secured a huge win over Numurkah, keeping the side goal-less.

‘‘They were great, they played a solid four quarters of footy, Numurkah just weren’t able to score a goal. Certainly (it makes selection difficult). You know that anyone that does come up has confidence, they’re wining and they’re implementing the things required for a win,’’ he said.

The Rumbalara match will be held at the Mercury Sports Complex in Shepparton on Saturday. Kick off is 2pm.

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