Too many ‘playing as individuals’: Tracey Neville blasts Manchester Thunder after Surrey Storm defeat

By Mancunian Matters staff

Manchester Thunder head coach Tracey Neville blasted the poor teamwork within the side, as Surrey Storm gained victory with a dominant performance.

Thunder travelled to Surrey knowing the winner of the game would top the Superleague and most likely finish top at the end of Phase One.

However, Storm whipped up a 63-44 victory and Neville was left far from impressed with the performance of certain individuals. 

“Storm played well, they wanted it more than us” she said.

“Players that I expected to step up didn’t, and when you come out playing as individuals then expect to lose.”

Shooter Janelle Lawson passed a late fitness test and made the starting line-up and she made an early impact helping Thunder to an early 6-2 lead.

Thunder looked in control during the first quarter, but Storm rallied to only be two points behind at the quarter-time break. 

The error count rose for Thunder in the second quarter, which allowed Storm to finish on level terms at half-time. 

Neville changed the set-up at half-time with Ellie Cardwell coming on at wing defence and Beth Cobden moving to wing attack.

Lawson moved out to goal attack and Krista Enziano was introduced at goal shooter.

Cobden called a time-out during the third quarter, which gave Neville the opportunity to regroup and realign her troops.

Henry – the most effective attacker – was reintroduced at wing attack, with Cobden to wing defence and Cardwell and Emma Dovey moving back a place also.

However, Storm continued to pile on the pressure and went on to win the quarter 21-10 – leading the game 44-33.

An unhappy Neville sent on youngsters Alice Travis at shooter and Helen Housby for her Superleague debut at goal attack.

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