Scored goals:

  1. Phil Alexander
  2. Chris Johnson


3 goals from midfield helped Partisan to their first victory of the new year. Partisan's brief run without a victory finally came to an emphatic end on Saturday with a goal a piece from the midfield trio of Alexander, Johnson and Sheppard. The opposition on the receiving end of a 3.0 drubbing was Dolni Jircany. Perfect conditions saw Partisan begin the game with a slightly changed formation of; 4-5-1. Which gave Guri (a central defender of late, in search of glory) a chance to be justifiably selfish. He came close on a few occasions without finding the net, however did a good job of holding the ball up-front. The game began with The Czechs retaining possession well whenever they had the ball. As expected they were played a more controlled, technical game. Partisan were all about pass and crisp passing. They had frequent breaks down the flanks by Klopot and Sablack. It was one such move down the left which Klopot beat his man and deliver a low, well hit cross which was met by Alexander 5 yards out for the first goal. The expats were now growing in confidence and creating some nice moves. The defense seemed more organised than in recent games, with a great partnership between new signing Moffat and experienced sweeper Ostrowski. Moffat attempting to clear up each situation with Partisan still in possession. Invaluable. The Dolni midfield was overrun and found it difficult to make any telling passes. Alexander protecting Partisan's back line well while Johnson and Sheppard continued to make forward runs and close people down well. It was these 2 players that combined to make the second goal. Johnson delivering a pin-point deep cross for Sheppard to steal in at the back post unmarked and nod past the Dolni keeper. 2.0. The remainder of the first half saw chances come few and far between for Dolni, who were winning a lot of cheap free kicks due to a very continental style of refereeing. It seems as soon as your foot is off the ground, it can be deemed a 'high foot'. Some Partisan players became obviously frustrated. Half-time, 2-0. The second half began slower than the first had ended, perhaps seeing the leaders becoming slightly complacent with their 2 goal margin. Chances increased for Dolni who were beginning to have men free and fire the odd shot wide. Their tall striker holding the ball up well. They were also beginning to use the referee's European sensibilities to earn cheap free kicks. Seemingly going to ground under the most innocuous of challenges. Sheppard and Alexander in particular began to voice their opinion to the man in charge. Which of course proved amusing to onlookers but fell on deaf ears. Johnson, captaining the side, encouraged players to calm down and made changes. Klopot and Child left the fray and (Endre) and (JJ) came in at left wing and left back respectively. (JJ) continued to maraud down the left as Klopot had done, providing a handful of decent crosses and (Endre) helped keep things tight at the back. Mention to go to the handling of Simunek, which was almost faultless. The game hit a stale patch with Guri the only player to really threatening to score. 70 minutes in Sheppard gave way to Klopot to fill in in midfield and Sablack came off for Child. 5 minuted later Johnson changed things again. Picking up the ball mid-way inside the Dolni half, he turned and hit a long range effort from 30 yards. Which sailed over the keeper and into the roof of the net. Partisan were now clearly in control and still pushing the opposition into making mistakes. 80 minutes, Sablack and Sheppard came back on in for Johnson and Alexander, both having worked hard. The game ended 3.0 with a much more cohesive and confidence inducing performance from Partisan. Proving they can play decent football with an end product. They found form, with a good formation with no-one playing out of position. A yardstick for future fixtures.