Match Preview – 29/04/2014 – J1: Match Day 10 – Gamba Osaka v Kashiwa Reysol

With Golden Week in progress, we get the first mid-week J.League game of the season as we host Kashiwa Reysol at Banpaku, with kick-off at 16:00 JST. We will be looking to build upon our win against Omiya in our last home game whilst getting the last-minute defeat to Kawasaki out of our minds as we look to move up the table.

Reysol are in some decent form having lost only one of their nine games thus far, but will be aggravated by their inability to turn draws into wins, splitting the remaining 8 results 50/50 between wins and draws. They have only had 3 away games so far but have one just the one and drawn the remaining two – two clean sheets and two shut-outs against them say goals, but an average of just over 2 goals in the games says otherwise. Nonetheless, they come into this game on the back of a 3-2 home win against Urawa Reds.

Their confidence should be higher given their recent record against us in all competitions. The two teams met no less than 5 times in 2012 across 3 competitions with Reysol winning 4 and drawing 1. In the last league visit to Banpaku, they destroyed us 6-2 after we had a nightmare first half hour and the draw game in the reverse fixture, with now-Reysol man Leandro (injured for this game) netting the 90th minute equaliser. They knocked us out of the Nabisco Cup and beat us in the Emperor’s Cup final 1-0 thanks to some lax Niwa marking from a corner.

With Oh Jae-Suk picking up concussion against Frontale on the weekend, we might be scrapping the barrel for a player to cover at right-back whilst Omori may still have a slight niggle. Other injuries to Kaji and Yonekura are well-known and will take a while but Kenya Okazaki might be back soon and could even possibly get a place on the bench if Kenta Hasegawa deems him ready.

With the break in-between the Frontale game and this game so short, you would expect a few changes to keep the players fresh with an important trip to Yokohama coming up for us. At right-back, we might see Tatsuya Uchida play there having been a right-back previously although he hates it there – other possibilities are Niwa or Iwashita or Konno, meaning that Nishino might start to cover their void. In midfield, Uchida should drop out anyway after disappointing against Frontale and I would like to see Endo back in defensive midfield to control the game for us more. That would free a space for Usami to start alongside Lins, the latter evidently not a number 9 but he might well be a good partner to Usami. Out on the wings, I would still expect to see Kurata and Abe along Futagawa might be a good shout to keep on of those two fresh. With all this in mind, I have decided not to predict the starting eleven as the choices and vast amount of potential changes is horrifying.

What we need is a strong defensive performance and some threat up-front. If we play 2 strikers in Usami and Lins, we might be able to look a lot more threatening and worry the Reysol back line. On the other hand, I know this will be a tough game and a draw would be a decent result, not just because we have some very winnable games coming up. We need to start showing that we are not going to be in a relegation battle and we need to cause an upset or two, so the sooner we make a statement against a team like Kashiwa, the better.


Match Report – 26/04/2014 – J1: Match Day 9 – Kawasaki Frontale 2-1 Gamba Osaka

A late goal by the hosts saw us crash to our 4th league defeat of the season after a decent display against a tough Kawasaki Frontale team at Todoroki in front of 19,164 spectators. The defeat was perhaps overshadowed by a shocking injury and big return for our travelling team.

AWAY v Kawasaki FrontaleThe starting line-up saw the changes that were expected following our victory over Omiya Ardija the weekend before. Yasuyuki Konno replaced Akihiro Sato up front, meaning Endo moved as the second striker, whilst Kotaro Omori had suffered a minor right foot injury that left him back in Osaka and saw Shu Kurata deservedly take his place. On the bench, there was no Nishino so Kim took his spot whilst Takashi Usami made his long-awaited return to the first team in place of Naoki Ogawa. The final spot on the bench that changed saw Yuto Uchida join the team for the first time in the league this season.

First Half
We got off to a terrible start with Jeci heading home for the hosts after just 5 minutes of play following a free kick. The big centre-half towered above Iwashita to beat him to it and put it into the far corner and past the helpless the helpless Higashiguchi in goal. The Gamba players called for a foul on Iwashita who shot a look at the referee but Jeci was simply stronger and much more determined to win the header.

We responded fairly well with some lovely passing exchanges and control of possession without making Frontale pay for it and it was the hosts who should have made it 2-0 but Yu Kobayashi sent his volley from an acute angle well wide of the target. So it was with delight that Kurata’s lovely cross from the left got a little touch off Endo that steered the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. Shu was allowed to cut in and his tantalising cross was probably going in by itself but Endo made sure with his second goal of the season. Game on!

The goal was nothing more than we deserved after dominating Frontale after conceding and the remainder of the half was more of a defensive job by us with Frontale trying to grind efforts out to no avail. We stood strong and gave no chances away and I think the tactic was the right one being away from home – we maybe could have gone for a second and would have been able to but staying in a game away from home is much more important.

Second Half
Frontale had the first two decent chances of the half with Renato forcing Higashiguchi into a good save and Nakazawa putting a free header comfortably wide of the far post. Abe then had a glorious chance to score following a delightful cross from Endo from the right but his effort, that he beaten the keeper, was cleared off the line by the covering Tanaka – he did everything but score. Lins followed this with a header just wide.

Takashi UsamiOkubo should have put the hosts ahead having skied an effort from 4 yards or so over the bar following some quick pressure from Higashiguchi. Usami made his return following 2 months out by replacing Lins up front – a change which baffled me; we needed a bit more control in the midfield and though that Uchida would be taken off for Usami allowing Endo to drop back and dictate the game more – but what do I know? Good to have you back, Takashi!

Okubo missed another glorious opportunity from 4 yards but skied over with his left foot, again unmarked, whilst Endo’s 25 yard free kick was superbly saved to deny his a beauty. With 10 minutes to go, we received another blow at right-back as Oh Jae-Suk was clattered in the face from an overhead kick by Kobayashi who only received a yellow card – surely a red? The lad left on a stretcher and was fortunately only diagnosed with concussion – he was replaced by Myojin with Konno going to right-back.

Usami almost dazzled his away across the penalty area and the ball fell to Myojin whose effort was saved well. Going into the 6 minutes of added time the game seemed to be going to end as a draw but a sucker punch by Okubo gave the hosts all 3 points. A cross from the Kawasaki left saw the striker climb higher than Fujiharu who was unaware of his position and his effort went in off the bar. Both Konno and Fujiharu were to blame – Konno was at centre-back and had left his side exposed.

A tough defeat to take because I thought we had done enough to take a point but when you do not close the ball down and know where your man is, it will cost you. Tactically in the second half we were not great and did not strengthen our cause in the middle of the park. The positive is that Usami is back and looked not bad considering it was just a cameo appearance.

Gamba Man of the Match
I do not know, so no vote this week.

Higashiguchi – 6
Oh Jae-Suk – 6.5
Niwa – 6
Iwashita – 6
Fujiharu – 6
Konno – 6
T.Uchida – 5.5
Abe – 5.5
Kurata – 6.5
Endo – 6.5
Lins – 6
Usami – 6 (Sub)
Myojin – 5.5 (Sub)

Table Standing
Fortunately only Ventforet Kofu managed to pick up points around us having beaten Omiya Ardija 2-0 away from home which saw them climb above us and knock us down one place to 14th. The concerning thing is that the gap above the safer regions of the table is widening. The games that we can win are soon approaching so that is when we will see whether our season is going to be good or bad.

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Match Preview – 26/04/2014 – J1: Match Day 9 – Kawasaki Frontale v Gamba Osaka

After our first home league win of the season, we travel to the Todoroki Stadium for a 16:00 JST kick-off against hosts Kawasaki Frontale who will be no pushovers and will no doubt be buoyed by their qualification to the last 16 of the ACL during the week – just another tough away game to tick off the list.

The hosts started their league campaign slowly but won 3 games in a row before drawing and then losing to Kashiwa Reysol and Urawa Reds with their eyes split between the league and the ACL. Their league form has taken a hit because of that and the team currently sits 2 points and 5 places ahead of us in 8th place. With 26 goals in 8 league matches during Frontale matches, we should be in for more of the same this weekend.

AWAY v Kawasaki FrontaleGamba won 4 of the last 6 fixtures between the two sides, drawing the others 4-4 and losing 2-1. There are rarely any clean sheets for either side in this fixture and this is very much true for the meetings back in 2012, which Gamba miraculously won 3-2 on both occasions. The first saw us come 2-0 to win having conceded twice in the opening half an hour (including in the first minute) but now Frontale man Nakazawa, Sato and a first professional for Hiroyuki Abe won us the game. During the away game, we took the lead only to lose it twice with goals from Ienaga and Fujiharu putting us ahead, with the former winning the game thanks to a lovely knock-down by Leandro. That game saw Akihiro Sato’s nightmare injury period start when he was substituted for Ienaga after 15-20 minutes, but it worked out well in the short term.

There is no more news concerning injuries for any players and therefore we can expect that only Kaji, Yonekura and Okazaki will be unavailable for the game. Positively, Takashi Usami has had a full week of training under his belt and should make the bench following two months out on the sidelines due to an ankle injury and I am sure he will be chomping at the bit to get on and score as soon as possible – we need him.

As for the starting line-up, I already know that Konno will be back in the starting eleven following his injury in the Osaka Derby that limited him to the bench last weekend, but who he comes in place for is undecided. I would think Sato and Omori will drop to the bench meaning Konno will rejoin in defensive midfield with Endo supporting Lins the closest whilst Kurata has done enough for me to merit his return to the starting eleven out on the left with Abe on the right. I think Uchida has done enough in the last two games to show that he deserves to continue in the team after being ousted by Myojin for a short spell. My predicted team is to the side.

Another away day would mean to go home with a point as a minimum and I think a draw would be a good result against a strong Kawasaki side. Frontale have made Todoroki a fortress since we were relegated in 2012, with just 3 defeats in the league at home and 6 draws, winning the rest. A statement of our intent and growing confidence would be to turn up and spoil the hosts’ afternoon but I just do not see that without a fully fit Usami. We should be confident though and having had a longer break in-between league games, we might just be able to cause a mini-upset.

Match Report – 19/04/2014 – J1: Match Day 8 – Gamba Osaka 2-1 Omiya Ardija

We finally won at Banpaku in J1 for the first time since our 7-2 defeat of Consadole Sapporo on 25th August 2012. The game was a rather dull one until the final 10 minutes suddenly produced the goods, with us Gamba fans going through elation, tears and elation once more within the space of 5 minutes in front of a crowd of 11,059 people.

Kenta Hasegawa was forced into a change in defence from the previous league match as Akira Kaji bruised a bone in his foot, putting him out for 3 weeks and allowing Oh Jae-Suk to deputise once more. With Yasuyuki Konno only fit enough for the bench, Akihiro Sato was given a chance from the start up-front alongside Lins – this move meaning Endo shifted back into defensive midfield alongside Tatsuya Uchida. Naoki Ogawa came onto the bench in place of the injured Kaji.

I was expecting nothing less than a win after our good performances in the previous two games and after the hard start to the season, we needed to pick up the points against teams like Omiya.

First Half
HOME v Omiya ArdijaThe first 10 minutes of the game were even with neither team making an attempt on goal. We got the first effort away through Sato after he combined well with Lins but his effort was right at the opposition goalkeeper – definitely not the last time during the day – whilst Oh Jae-Suk started well, making a good recovery to prevent Cho firing on goal after he broke through our defence. Watanabe and Ienaga then had efforts go to waste for the visitors before the 30 minute mark whilst Sato did well again, tackling high up the pitch to get Lins at the sparse defence and play in Abe but he could only fire right at Ezumi when face-to-face with the keeper – he ought to have done better.

What was evident was our poor ball control and touch in the attacking areas through Sato and Lins, who looked like they were lacking sharpness but chances still came for both sides in the remaining 15 minutes of the half. First for Omiya was Zlatan’s blocked effort by Niwa who made a superb block, then against a few minutes later he hit the post with a header following a corner after out muscling Oh. His final chance of the half was another free header that was flicked just wide of the far post.

As for us, Abe forced Ezumi into a very good save after Lins somehow managed to hold onto the ball down the left, with Abe shooting from the edge of the box. Oh’s worrying defensive moments were outweighed with his attacking prowess, sending in a good cross to Sato but he could just not reach far enough with his outstretched leg. Although it seems like Sato was doing well in the half, his contribution getting forward was overall poor.

Second Half
There were no changes at the break but it took less than 10 minutes for Hasegawa to take off Sato for Kurata – good on the manager’s part to do it quickly and early which is in stark contrast to his changes in recent games. Abe almost presented Omiya with a goal after being caught 25 yards from goal but Higashiguchi just about bailed him out.

Niwa was smacked in the face by a powerful shot that forced a bit of a delay but he returned soon after leaving the pitch. Down the other end, Kurata was pulling the strings as he played a delicious through ball for Abe and although he got a touch, Ezumi was too close and made a good save. Up until the 80th minute, we did not look like scoring from this point and Hasegawa decided to chance things up with Futagawa coming on for Omori.

It was with thanks to the subs that we scored the opening goal in the 83rd minute. Kurata dribbled into the box from the left, passed to Abe who kept the ball going to Oh who should have scored but Ezumi pushed it over well for a corner – this was taken and cleared back to Endo whose first time touch to Futagawa was exquisite and so was his cross, putting doubt in the defence and allowing the ball to come through to Niwa, unmarked at the back post, to flick home put us 1-0 ahead.

Konno came on for the woeful Lins to sure us up in defence. You would have forgiven me for thinking the game was ours, but Higashiguchi had other ideas… a simple cross from the Omiya right was called as the keeper’s but he did not get there and Kikuchi looped a header over him and into the goal to give the visitors what looked like a valuable point. Shocking goalkeeping for the second week in a row now from Higashiguchi but I said before, he will save us more points than cost us.

So it was with great relief that we actually won the game through a Konno strike just a minute later. What a wonderful 10 minutes! Kurata kept the ball alive in the Omiya area and he played it out to Endo who slide it to Konno to his left who took a touch and barrelled it home with his left foot. There might have been a slight deflection but Ezumi in goal was poor, moving away from the ball that was down the middle of his goal. Not like I cared, we were dramatically back in front and we actually hung onto the lead to claim all 3 points.

Konno and NiwaThe game was anything but a classic but we got the job done. I think that if we were back in 2012, we would have not come back from the blow from Kikuchi so fair play to the guys for having the character and determination to fight back and gain us a valuable 3 points.

Gamba Man of the Match
First of all, fair play to Kenta Hasegawa whose substitutes were the difference between the two sides in the end. One of those subs gets my vote for man of the match, and that guy was Shu Kurata. I really do think he changed the game for us, being the one guy up front whose touch was solid and effective, making chances for his teammates and himself. He has had a tough time of things recent but he looked the part when he came on – he vitalised the team to a point and pushed us forward. Sure, most people will say Niwa was man of the match because he scored but if you are looking at things in terms of the influence a player has on the team, Shu was the one, even more so when you compare him to the limp and weak duo of Lins and Sato. Shu might just have earned his starting place against Kawasaki Frontale next week.

Player Ratings
Higashiguchi – 5
Oh Jae-Suk – 6.5
Niwa – 7.5
Iwashita – 7
Fujiharu – 6.5
Endo – 6.5
T.Uchida – 7
Omori – 6
Abe – 6.5
Sato – 5
Lins – 5.5
Kurata – 8 (Sub)
Futagawa – 7.5 (Sub)
Konno – 7.5 (Sub)

Table Standing
We move up to 13th place following this win from 16th with Omiya taking our place down there. Ventforet Kofu were the only other side near us who picked up points and that was down to them beating Nagoya Grampus who we now join level on 9 points with, the same as Kofu. Sendai and Tokushima both lost to keep their places as the bottom two confirmed but with a trip to topsy-turvy Frontale on the books next week, we could be looking decent in mid-table if things go our way next weekend. We just have to stay positive and realistic – this win would have done the players a world of good.

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Match Preview – 19/04/2014 – J1: Match Day 8 – Gamba Osaka v Omiya Ardija

After two away trips in a row in various competitions, we return to Banpaku this weekend to face fellow early strugglers Omiya Ardija with the kick-off being 16:00 JST. After a tough first 7 fixtures, this is the one that we can definitely say that we should win and we would be disappointed if we do not win it.

HOME v Omiya ArdijaOmiya sit one point and one place above us in the table in 14th place having won 2, drawn 1 and lost 4 of their opening games. The away side for the weekend have taken 4 of their 7 points on the road with a stunning and surprising 4-3 win over Kawasaki Frontale as well as a 2-2 draw against Kashiwa Reysol. They have not won in their last 5 games.

The last time the two sides met came in a lacklustre Emperor’s Cup 3rd round match that ended 0-0 and saw Omiya triumph on penalties. In the league however, Gamba won 3-1 back in August 2012 at Banpaku to raise our hopes of survival with Leandro netting a brace and Kurata adding the 3rd in a deserved win inspired by substitute Akihiro Sato. The other game that season ended in a 1-0 Ardija win on what was Atsushi Kimura’s Gamba debut.

Takashi Usami should be back to full training sometime next week which is excellent news. An injury did come with that however, as Akira Kaji is almost certain to miss out following a foot injury that he picked up in training during the week. With that said, you can expect Oh Jae-Suk and either Kurata or Omori to retain their places whilst the 9 players that were rested following the Osaka should come back into the first team after a superb performance. If Konno does make the game this weekend, then both Omori and Kurata should take their places in the starting line-up but I think the former should be fine. If it was me, I would play Kurata over Omori simply because we probably do not need the hard work and tracking back that Omori gives us if we have Abe on the pitch as well, especially in such a winnable game.

The match will highlight the return of Akihiro Ienaga to Banpaku for the first time since he left the club last summer following the end of his loan from Mallorca. He categorically said in the training match that we won against Ardija during pre-season that Gamba are, as always, not so strong. Time to put your money where your mouth is Akihiro and prove it. Although he was pretty poor during his stint in J2 last season…

I am looking for the guys to push on from the great performance against Cerezo Osaka last weekend and win this game to get us looking up the table instead of down it. Guys like Lins, Sato and Kurata have to start finding the back of the net, then I am sure they can do it on a regular basis once more. We have to take the game to a weak Omiya and make a statement. I have every confidence that we can do that this weekend.

Match Report – 16/04/2014 – Nabisco Cup: Match Day 3 – Sagan Tosu 0-2 Gamba Osaka

Our 3rd win of the season in all competitions came in Tosu as we downed hosts Sagan Tosu 2-0 to make it 2 wins from 3 games in the Nabisco Cup to put our qualifying campaign back on track. 4,972 people turned up for the midweek game which saw us take our first victory from Tosu in the professional football era.

AWAY v Sagan Tosu (YNC)What was even better than the win was the amount of players who had come through the youth team throughout the years that were part of the squad. 10 changes were made from the Osaka Derby from the previous weekend with Kotaro Omori the sole survivor as Kenta Hasegawa looked to rest his main men for the up-coming game against Omiya Ardija. Professional debuts were handed to Yuto Uchida and Yosuke Ideguchi, and surprisingly Akito Takagi, the 16 year-old striker still part of the Gamba Youth team and only in his second year of high school – he became the youngest player to make an appearance, even ahead of Takashi Usami. Kohei Kawata finally made his debut for Gamba as goalkeeper after loan stints in J2 and J1, whilst the mix of veterans and youngsters was great to see. The full starting eleven is to the right.

What was even more interesting was the inclusion of only 6 substitutes on the bench, two of them also still part of the Youth team. Midfielders Shota Yomesaka and Mizuki Ichimaru, known to have played in training games from time to time, got their chance to be part of the squad, both just 16 and 17 respectively. It may only be a matter of time before their get their debuts too. The other players on the bench were Kimura, Evson, Sato and Ogawa, the latter probably steaming that he was not chosen over Takagi.

Unfortunately, I could not watch the game because there was no stream available, so I will just talk through the goals and the significance of the game.

First Half
There was not a lot of goalmouth action throughout the entire game but with our 5 shots, we scored 2 goals. In the 34th minute, Kurata was at the heart of the goal as he traded passes with a couple of guys before driving inside on his left foot and firing a shot towards the bottom corner which the goalkeeper could only parry straight to Omori, who had done superbly to keep himself onside, then to race in on goal and smash the ball under the keeper from 6 yards to net his 2nd goal of the season. Lovely work by Kurata to drift freely as he does so well in the role behind the striker.

Sagan barely threatened during the half with just a couple of tame efforts that were simple for Kawata in goal, who was looking to make his debut a memorable and clean sheet one.

Second Half
Takagi was changed immediately after half-time for Sato, the youngster putting in a good 45 minute shift in his unexpected debut. Kurata should have made it 2-0 after Omori drove forward and played a ball over the top of the defence but Kurata, who maybe did not expect the ball to come to him, took a touch to control then fire narrowly wide with his left foot – he will get there, it is just a sticky patch right now.

Even though the hosts threw on talisman Yohei Toyoda, he could not find a way to goal and stop his team falling another goal behind, with Ogawa coming on for Omori and netting immediately. Futagawa picked the ball up from Kurata and sent in a whipped cross from the left which found the excellent run that Naoki made and he got the slightest of touches to flick the ball onto the inside of the post and eventually into the back of the net, 17 minutes remaining.

Yosuke IdeguchiThere was little Sagan could do from there after and even though Oh Jae-Suk (now suspended for the next Nabisco game) and Kurata were both booked, we seemed to float to the finish line. There was even time for Evson to make his debut deep into stoppage time, coming on for Futagawa for seconds of action – happy he at least made it onto the pitch.

What was most impressive about the win was the number of youth products used – 11 of the 17 squad members graduating from the youth team. Even though three players got their professional debuts, we seemed to easy to the win and the young guys got nothing but praise from fans and the manager. Youth is power.

Gamba Man of the Match
I can only go by what Gamba fans have said online, and therefore Yosuke Ideguchi gets the vote. He was as we would expect him to play, with no fear and quite delightfully controlled the game. There was nothing but a buzz of excitement on Twitter from fans watching this guy for the first time and we all know that his future is going to be a very bright one indeed. He will be aiming to a place on the bench on the weekend and it would not be a surprise if he made it. Delighted for the kid.

Table Standing
We stay in 3rd place after this win, level on points with Shimizu S-Pulse but they have a game in hand. FC Tokyo lead the way on 7 points after a 3-0 win over Vissel Kobe whilst Kashima Antlers took a 2-1 victory away from Sendai. Sendai, Kobe and Tosu all look like the outsiders at this point whilst we have everything to play for. The next round of games for us will come around this time of the month in May.

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Match Preview – 16/04/2014 – Nabisco Cup: Match Day 3 – Sagan Tosu v Gamba Osaka

Another trip down to Tosu to take on Sagan Tosu in just a few weeks comes next on the list in the Yamazaki Nabisco Cup with Gamba looking to get their qualifying campaign back on track after a blip on the road last time out. The game kicks-off at 19:00 JST and the game will be held at the Best Amenity Stadium.

AWAY v Sagan Tosu (YNC)Gamba lost 1-0 to Shimizu S-Pulse last time out after Nagasawa gave the hosts in that game the lead in the first half and we were not able to find the equaliser despite being the better side and creating a tonne of chances. Sagan have played just one game thus far having sat out match day 1 but they lost 3-1 in match day 2 at the hands of Kashima Antlers away from home. They will be looking for their first win to place them level on points with us after the game has ended. We will be looking to be in at least 2nd by full time.

The two sides met just a couple of weeks ago in the league in Tosu and it was the home side that took the three points, winning by a 2-0 scoreline. Gamba were dominate without avail in the first half and were made to pay in the second half through poor defensive mistakes which allowed Toyoda and Kim to punish us. We played okay but that defeated started our run of 3 games in a row lost and without a goal.

A large amount of players have not travelled with the squad to Tosu after the team left from Itami Airport this afternoon, all this information with thanks to a friend on social media. Higashiguchi, Kaji, Iwashita, Fujiharu, Endo, Konno, Tatsuya Uchida and Abe all stayed in Osaka with all but Konno being rested – Konno might be back for the weekend after limping off during the Osaka Derby. What we do know is that Yuto Uchida and Yosuke Ideguchi will get their professional full debuts as reported by Sponichi yesterday. Kohei Kawata should also make his Gamba debut in goal, Oh and Nishino to join the defence, Myojin, Kurata, Futagawa and Sato all likely to start. Kenta Hasegawa clearly has one eye on the league match against Omiya Ardija on Saturday and rightly so, as the game is very much winnable. My predicted side is to the right.

We will be looking for the players who were on the bench for the Osaka Derby to make a statement and a claim for a recall to the starting eleven in the league whilst the young players like Uchida and Ideguchi to show us why they are so highly rated and give us a good performance. A positive result is more than acceptable for me and I am hoping that the guys show us some fight and passion, because I really want them all to do well.