Our players need more passion says Campbell

April 10, 2018

ECHUCA United head coach Guy Campbell is calling for his players to show some passion if they are to turn their season around.

After two rounds of the Murray Football League, United is still winless — and its 42-point drubbing at the hands of Cobram on Saturday must be concerning the coach and football brains trust at the club.

Seeking redemption from Good Friday’s loss to arch rivals Moama, the Eagles could not make inroads away from home.

Campbell said that although they were playing badly in the first quarter, by half time his side was still in with a shot.

‘‘We played a terrible first half and yet we still came in a point up. We had our chances in the second half and we didn’t want to do it.

‘‘We just had trouble covering the speed of their players on a bigger ground. We were a bit messy with the footy and were unaccountable when it mattered — and we gave them a lot of free footy,’’ he said.

Cobram ran away with the result in the final quarter, kicking seven goals to the Eagles’ two.

‘‘You can’t afford to do it against any team. Especially against a young side that works hard for each other and has a lot of confidence.

‘‘I think (the reason we lost) was a lack of effort on our part. In a team sport you don’t need many people under-performing to let things go undone,’’ he said.

The loss sees United fall to 13th on the Murray Football League ladder, while Cobram has risen to second on percentage. This follows the inclusion of Shepparton East, Tungamah and Katandra from the Picola and District Football League, making the MFL a 15 team competition.

Campbell said there were two redeeming qualities about Saturday’s loss.

‘‘Lance (Oswald) was terrific, unfortunately he was in a minority on the day. Training sessions this week will be around who wants to be a part of what we’re about and making sure we get those guys out on the field.

‘‘I know the boys are in good condition, it’s more the mental state . . . also our 12pm game (reserves) did a great job and implemented everything we wanted to do at a senior level.

‘‘There are blokes certainly willing and waiting for those 2pm spots,’’ he said.

Next up for the Eagles is eighth-placed Numurkah — a game which Campbell and his side look at with anticipation.

‘‘You look forward to every game, you’re either coming off a win and want to go again, or coming off a loss and wanting to improve,’’ he said.

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