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    • All opinions but I look at it this way.  He was moving at speed but still had a man up next to him and number of others just behind and to the side.  Instead of poking it ahead for himself or his teammate right beside him which then might give the keeper a chance to rush up and either get at it or at least cut down the angle, he executes a weighted pass that both makes the keeper move laterally but also allowed Berahino, the most open man,  to take it first time and in relative stride. I have no idea what is going through his head obviously, but it seems good decision making and almost perfect execution.  
    • On the flip side there were extra open sections behind one of the goals:  
    • Valour's season record in all comps improves to (W-D-L) 5-3-12. Home record improves to 2-2-6.
    • Attendance in Winnipeg this season is definitely a success story but on this Monday night I suspect the actual number was around 4k. Lots of empty seats in sections that are normally much fuller. But those who were there definitely brought the noise! It was a good night!
    • For completeness, here's a link to back that up: https://ca.soccerway.com/matches/2019/08/20/canada/canadian-premier-league/valour/fc-edmonton/2991883/  
    • Impressive attendance in Winnipeg regardless of a possibly a few more giveaways for this Monday night game (which most teams would do in any league). Thing with giveaway's is, many free tickets go unused, but the crowd looked like a pretty good turnout on the broadcast.
    • Included a thousand or two give-aways due to the rescheduling so keep that in mind.
    • 1. So that's what winning at home feels like. I LIKE IT! Honestly, after all Valour's struggles at home this season that felt like a cup final win. 2. Lots of firsts for Valour tonight: - First goal from open play at the Trench end. And WHAT a goal it was! Louis Beland-Goyette, take a bow son. - First ever 3 goal game. - First ever come from behind win. 3. Valour MOTM: Skylar Thomas. Now THAT is the player Gale thought he was getting! Immense Captain's performance tonight. He was finally as physical as I want him to be. Could have sworn he got a yellow after battering an FCE forward and nonchalantly walking away but I don't see it in the stats. Would have been the icing on the cake! 4. Chances, chances, and more chances.  Valour got players forward in numbers and lo and behold, got lots of chances and three goals. Long may it continue. 5. Oh Mikey Petrasso! Need I say more? 6. Ohin is a physical player who seems to attract yellow cards like bees to honey. Which is why it is so important that he doesn't get them for dumb things like dissent. 7. With that said, Bustos gets a pass for his goal celebration yellow. It just felt right. You had to be there. But don't do it again. 8. Decent performance from Le Bourhis. A real shame he got his pocket picked for the FCE goal. Had a few other miscues too, but not bad overall. 9. I have noticed a growing tendency for Valour players to stop playing when they think/hope they have been fouled. Le Bourhis did it on the FCE goal. This malaise must be nipped in the bud. How old were you when you first heard the phrase "play to the whistle"? Time to start doing it! 10. Another good game for Garcia but he needs to stop being satisfied with losing a challenge. Maybe he was tired but a couple of times near the end he put in a challenge, lost, and just let the player with the ball run away from him. Not good enough. 11. Fantastic cameo from Peña, who was energy personified when he came on as a makeshift defender to plug the gap left by Garcia's injury/cramp. Rebuffed absolutely everything they threw at him, which was quite a lot. Carreiro also ran hard for the cause when he came on, which made a clear difference. 12. Paolucci definitely brings a touch of class. Which is a good thing because he certainly does not bring speed! 13. Dylan Sacramento brings much needed spark to the attack. Playing him further forward has been paying dividends. It surely won't be long before he opens his personal account. 14. It was crazy in there tonight! I'm loving the Valour fans, they are bringing it! 15. More of the same please!
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