Getting inside an opposition team’s head can go a long way to winning a football match.
Echuca United was able to do that on Saturday against Cobram, running out 35-point winners in the Murray Football League match.
In the lead up to the game, Cobram coach Josh Noonan made it clear his side wanted to win the game on the outside but the Eagles simply refused to let them to do that.
‘‘Echuca got the game on their terms and from there it was a battle for us to work our way into the contest,’’ Noonan said.
Within 10 minutes of the first quarter, the Tigers knew they would be in for a slog as the home side refused to allow their runners clean possession.
Eagles coach Guy Campbell stressed the importance of being physical at the contest and his players delivered, holding the visitors goalless in the first term.
‘‘We couldn’t have been happier with the way we started,’’ he said.
‘‘Perceived pressure is a wonderful thing in football and I think we established that early in the game.
‘‘It allowed us to play the game on our terms.’’
The Tigers had been flying, but the loss exposed a slight issue in finishing matches.
‘‘One of our biggest problems has been not putting together four-quarter performances,’’ Noonan said.
‘‘On Saturday it proved costly against a really good side.’’
Cobram has the week off, before returning post interleague against an equally young Tongala.
For the Tigers, the loss was a chance to get better.
‘‘Our group is only young and we’re still learning about each other.’’