Skipper looks at the positives in comeback draw

Skipper looks at the positives in comeback draw

Posted on July 31, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup skipper Jon Higgins said Saturday’s comeback 2-2 draw against Perth Glory was a perfect analogy of their season. 

After going two down and looking like they would end the day on the bottom of the table, two goals in the last nine minutes earned them a character building point.

Higgins was pivotal in the comeback but said the young side dug deep. “When you down with ten minutes to go against Perth Glory, who are a good side, it was going to be hard to come back,” he said.

“But we scored the goal and it but them on the back foot, and it tipped the game in our favour. We then got the equaliser and could have got another one near the end.

“We’ve had a horrendous season with injuries and lads going away, but we’ve got to keep grinding away and it’s great to see the young lads getting the opportunity.”

The back line in the game had an average age of 19, and Higgins said they performed well, “We had a very young defense line up today and they showed some great maturity, which bodes well for the future,” he said.

“I thought Josh (Tucker) was our man of the match today, he was constantly driving forward for us, and gave their left back a torrid time,” he said.

The skipper was disappointed with the goals they conceded but said the young lads learnt some good lessons in first team football. “The penalty was a learning experience for Kye (Douglas), he’s only a young lad and has all the attitude of being a cracking defender, he will learn from that,” he said.

“The second goal was really sloppy, unmarked at the back stick and it really put us on under the pump, when we were getting back in the game.”

The coach changed the formation after the break, moving Higgins up top to pair Tommy Amphlett and it worked. “Yes Dale changed the shape a bit at half time and I pushed more up front and it seemed to work,” he said.

“There central defenders can play a bit of football, so me and Tommy went man on man and split them, and put a bit of pressure on their back four, and stopped them from playing out.”
Higgins was involved in both goals, but said the first was a mishit. “The first one was a shot,” he joked.

“But I’ll claim an assist, but the second goal it was a good passage of play and the hole opened up and it was a cracking finish from Tom.

“We’ll take some confidence from the game, and look forward to Saturday’s home game against Floreat Athena.”