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Leaky defence continues to be costly

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February 08, 2017

Kalafatis, a defender, has been an ever-present figure for the Suns and was well aware of the club’s troubles defensively.

Offence wins games and defence wins championships.

It is a saying that has been said across many sporting codes and one Goulburn Valley Suns playing coach Nick Kalafatis would know about.

The Suns have conceded more goals than most since their inception.

In 83 matches the fledgling club has conceded 171 goals, an average of 2.06 a game.

This was the case yet again on Saturday night after losing 4-3 to Springvale White Eagles.

In the opening match of the season, the Suns put in a decent performance, yet they still conceded more than they scored.

Kalafatis, a defender, has been an ever-present figure for the Suns and was well aware of the club’s troubles defensively.

Reflecting on Saturday’s night loss, Kalafatis expressed his concerns about the team’s defensive efforts.

‘‘We worked on our defence in the pre-season and unfortunately we got punished for our efforts yet again,’’ Kalafatis said.

‘‘We copped two stupid goals from set pieces.’’

It is always disappointing for a coach to see his side concede from a set piece, but the first goal from Voji Milojevic was a superb glancing header, while the second should have been prevented.

Milojevic was again there to pounce for the White Eagles after the GV Suns failed to clear their lines from a corner.

Heading into the second half the Suns also failed to capitalise on their one goal advantage.

‘‘We were ahead twice, we need to be a little smarter, tighter at the back and not let goals leak so easily,’’ Kalafatis said.

Offensively, the Suns have never really struggled, averaging just less than two goals a game, and on Saturday night they had three individual goalscorers, so if they can sort out their problems down back a championship may be on the offering.

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