Mid week catch up with Southern United Manager, Neil
Glover. 4/02/2014 with Marcel
Hi Neil, the game on Sunday against Canterbury in
Christchurch by all accounts sounded pretty intense, I wasn't there
but was it that intense?
Yeah very. I think Canterbury is one of those teams where we
have, I wouldn't say a 'friendly 'rivalry (lots of laughter). It's
a bit like NZ and Australia isn't it, I mean, we're there to beat
them, but anyone else would be there to support them.
I think they're obviously more experienced. I thought our
fitness level was greater than theirs. There were just moments when
they walked to the sideline but our boys were running all the time,
so that showed the level of fitness and enthusiasm for keeping the
Canterbury scored both goals in the second half is that
Yeah from memory in the 43rd and 57th minute, something like
that, in relatively quick succession. The second one, I don't think
our keeper Tom could have done very much to save it, but you know
the first half was definitely a game of two halves. In the first
half I thought that whilst we didn't have many opportunities we
were certainly at the right end of the field all of the time, and
there was pressure but generally the boys played their hearts
They certainly did that the week before against
Wellington which was an awesome game, do you think they carried
with that approach from that game.
I think so. You know, at two down I didn't see any heads drop
and they're developing that 'carry on regardless' thing and I guess
getting towards the end of the season some of them may be getting a
little tired. But I never saw any de-motivational aspects at
There are two games this week, Auckland in Auckland on
Waitangi Day and WaiBop on Sunday at home.
That's putting a lot of pressure on and so the WaiBOp
preparation is Thursday against Auckland.
This will be a good test for the lads I guess and for
Luiz and yourself with fitness and ensuring the right combinations
to last both games.
There's all that plus all the injuries we've got, its just good
to see other players stepping up to the mark and so that's
testimony to the fitness level and the attitude of the lads.
Thanks for time Neil and good luck for the two