Cohen shows his class

By Danny Caro, week beginning 1 January 1970

Manager name:
Team: Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen hardly needed to do a teamtalk after I virtually wrote off his boys in last week's preview ahead of the trip to high-flying Jewdinese.

Here follows a few choice lines from my pre-match ramblings ...

- If you’re looking for a home banker this weekend, then look no further. Jewdinese are unbeaten at fortress MPL and they will approach Sunday’s meeting with basement battlers Fortune with relish.

- Five wins and two draws is an excellent return from Jake Erlich’s young guns who will be looking to add more misery on a Fortune team that, well, let’s face it, doesn’t win very often."

(Jake Erlich - 'Nese boss) "With no disrespect to Temple Fortune we aim to boost our goal difference, but expect a well-contested game, with some nice football on show."

- Damage limitation looks the best bet here."

"Men against boys this week be, just as long as Jewdinese avoid complacency and are patient."

How wrong I was. With Zach Rich, Dave Sawyer and Michael Goldberg in top form, Cohen's troops held their own in the first half, before a tinker here and there saw them romp to victory in a magnificent second 45.

The final word rests with the man who led Fortune to the Promised Land afer a result many thought was beyond them.

He told JC Sport: "Firstly I would like to state that morale in the squad has been largely good throughout the season and we have done our best not to listen or take too much note of what other people have had to say about us. We know more about us than anyone else.

"On a very difficult pitch and in very tough conditions, I thought we were well worth the 3 points this week and I think if you ask the ‘Nese team, I think they will agree. Jewdinese had the majority of the ball in the first half they didn’t really do enough with it, and we although we might have gone in at half time at more than 1-0 down, we wouldn’t have deserved that.

"We a couple of tactical changes at half time and our shape, positioning and application were excellent, and without getting carried away we dominated the half and could have won by more in the end.

"Since the start of 2014 we have significantly improved at the back from open play and knew that a performance like that was just around the corner, but we are under no illusion, we must replicate performances like again and do so for 90 minutes.

"For now we are delighted with the victory and we will enjoy it all week long, and prepare for the return fixture next weekend."