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The Pain of a Loss in Sport

Mar 15th 2013 at 6:04 PM

Football Can Be A Cruel Game But Its What You Learn From It That Matters

The football season kick off last weekend and didn't go so well for the team. Expectations were high for their first game, maybe to high never the less that is the way it goes.

The team conceded a goal in the 20th minute against the run of play. They fought hard with some good flowing football but just couldn't get themselves back into the game.

When the final whistle blew I watched closely how the players interacted towards each other. I wanted to see how they could quickly return from a negative mode of a loss to looking at the positive sides of the game. Obviously they were all very frustrated, disappointed and some even angry. What made it worse was that they played good enough to get a result so that put more salt into the wounds.

So what was displayed? As the team stretched at the end of the game you could of heard a pin drop. No communication and the disappointment on their faces was incredible. Some just sat there staring into space while others sat with their head between their legs. It felt like you were at a funeral. They where all waiting for some words of wisdom to come from the coaching staff but that did not come as they also where shell shocked.

Isn't it amazing how a game of 90 mins of your life can cause so much heartache and cause human emotion to the extreme. I walked over to our captain who had his head down and had a quite word in his ear about the importance of his role to build the team back up again. To get them believing in themselves and understand it's what you can learn from this and move on quickly. It was vital that he rally his troops together and focus on the positives of the game even with the loss in hand. I was extremely proud of what happened next.

He rose of the ground and move towards the team which was pretty match scattered all over the place. He asked them to move in closer so they could hear him. He raised his voice and spoke these words.

"Lads today was our first game of the season. We were good enough to win today but that's football. It can be a cruel game and I can see that it is hurting all of us. Complacency came into our game today after having such a good pre-season. Lads this is a good thing as it brings us back down to earth and demonstrates that we have to work hard for 90 minutes if we are to get a result.
We all know how we performed. We now need to reflect on our individual performances, move on and start preparing ourselves for next week. I believe in you all and we know as a team we will achieve".

Almost instantly the team began communicating and heads started to lift. All they needed was some leadership, someone that still believed in them.

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