THE Emerald Eagles came away with a draw against the Bluebirds at the weekend but celebrations were marred by a long list of players receiving cards in recent weeks.
Eagles coach John Salogni says his team needs discipline.
The final score of the Central Queensland Competition game held in Rockhampton was three-all as constant rain fell, hampering conditions and turning the field to mud.
"We led the majority of the game," Salogni said.
"If that's the best the Bluebirds had to offer, we played a lot better and we are the better side.
"It was disgusting weather, but can't blame the weather. We didn't put our chances away."
Christian Niyonsaba opened the scoring for Emerald but they allowed the Bluebirds to come back and even the score.
"It was one-all at half-time and Chris Yelland came back and scored early in the second half," Salogni said.
The Bluebirds again answered with a goal to equalise and the pattern continued again as Yelland scored his second for the game, but the Bluebirds had a response.
"We had many chances to put them away but we didn't," Salogni said.
"I was still very impressed with the boys especially Chris - doing what he did was phenomenal.
"Glen Gilmore also had a good game."
The reserve team lost 2-1 in the match with Nick Kajer proving his worth.
"It was a funny game, all the goals were scored in the first half," Salogni said.
"We couldn't put them away. I thought we dominated them, it just didn't fall our way."
Salogni said he was convinced the Eagles had what was required to win but stupid mistakes were letting the teams down and not resulting in wins each week.
"Stupid mistakes cost us the game," he said. "We are giving away too many free kicks.
"We need to change the way we tackle and play. It's changing but it's taking time."
Salogni said he was disgusted to find that Eagles players were taking out the top three places in the number of cards this season.
"We are top and that's disgusting, it's not good," he said.
"That's because of previous culture. They are getting pulled up and getting cards now."
Salogni said before the Eagles made the step-up in to the Central Queensland league, the boys were able to get away with a lot more by referees who didn't hand out cards as often.
"I don't blame them when I look back to the culture," he said.
"It's just what they got away with and it takes a little while to teach discipline.
"These guys did it for so many years but they can't do it now … now its 'sorry fellas but its cards for this'."
Discipline will be included in the game plan as the Eagles take on Capricorn Coast this weekend at home and Salogni welcomed the home ground advantage.
"We are sitting at sixth on the ladder … They are below us," he said.
"For me, every week is a different game. The hard thing is getting the same team each week. Every week is different players on the pitch and that makes it hard for the team to settle in."
The reserves kick off at 2pm and the premiers at 4pm at the Australian Agricultural College Emerald campus on Saturday.
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