Box Hill United senior men slumped to an unfortunate 2-0 defeat against Werribee City on Saturday. Despite the loss, midfielder Andreas Miltiadou said the team ‘cannot fault’ themselves on their work rate.
The side controlled proceedings for majority of the game, particularly in the second period, against a high-flying opponent away from home, but were let down by their final passing in what was a second straight loss in three league fixtures.
Werribee snatched the full points with two goals against the run of play in a match that saw very little goal-mouth action throughout. While Delarno Pharoe had a shot saved one-on-one for Box Hill.
Reviewing the clash at Galvin Park on a chilly Saturday afternoon, Miltiadou said, “We picked it up a lot in the second-half, we tried to keep possession and get in behind them. But the final ball wasn’t there, and the quality wasn’t there.
“We worked hard, we cannot fault ourselves on that – we were disciplined. We knew they (Werribee) had won a fair few games. But in saying that, we knew we are disciplined at the back, and can transition and keep the ball quite well. [However], they were quite disciplined as well and we struggled, and it just wasn’t working for us.”
However, the former Bentleigh Greens youth player felt the team should put the difficult outing behind them and added, “We are a strong squad – lots of good players. So, we’ll keep improving. Going into the season, I am very optimistic with the players we have, and we can still do a lot more.”
Since joining us during the pre-season break, the 21-year-old has been heavily involved in the midfield action. Explaining his reasons for quickly settling into a new squad, Miltiadou said, “My approach is always [to] get as fit as possible [in the] pre-season. I always like to get on the ball during games, influence play going forward, and am willing to work hard defensively.
“I always do my best to put in a 100 per cent each game, always try new things and work hard for the team.”
Box Hill return to home soil next weekend for the first time in five matches across all competitions, when they host Springvale White Eagles. Miltiadou, formerly of North Geelong Warriors, is therefore keen to make a positive turnaround in familiar surroundings.
He said, “Springvale are always quite physical and try to [move] the ball forward quickly. Coming off two league losses, the next game is always a big game. Regardless of who we are playing, we have to get a result next week.
“Home ground is always an advantage. We have had a look at the ground and it looks really good – very flat. [So], just looking forward to getting back and starting to train back at home.”