hey all, i have a minor issue thats never occured before.
im a skillful player with a generaly great touch, i dont panic underpressure (unless some beast is about to plow into me, HA) but i had a midweek match in the week.
this season i moved teams, and on wednesday i had to play my old team. it was difficult cause i was still friends with some of them, and they are huge. (im small + thin, they aint!)
anywhoo, i got the ball in my own half, by the side line. two players just waiting for my moves, as they know me. all their supporters, who i know and they know me well, were right infront of me, and i felt EVERYONE was staring at me at that very point, like it was silence and a single spot light came on me.. was soo wierd. and they kept bantering at me, sayin things (which affected me at that specific point, but i dont remember what was said right now.)
and somehow i just froze. starring at the ball for minor seconds.
its never happened before.. was so strange, so i just tapped the ball out for a throw-in.
as the game carried on, i couldnt get that out of my head and so started to get frustrated, with others, the ref, my managers and more importantly, myself.
im not usualy like this, and still cant figure it out.
but im wandering if it was because i felt that i had to really proove myself, and be the 'star of the show', if you like. i had too much self pressure?
HOW CAN I DEAL WITH THIS?
HOW DO /WOULD YOU DEAL WITH THIS?!?!!?
WHAT CAN I DO WHICH ENABLES ME TO KEEP COOL AND TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF MYSELF ?!!?
(-before a match i listen to my ipod and kick a ball around, kick ups etc on my own. to keep me concerntrated. this didnt realy happen on wednesday..