Coaches Column

This Saturday we have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Saturday-s match against Melbourne Victory was a brave performance by the boys. They displayed a great amount of courage and determination on the field and I am extremely proud of them.

Yes, the outcome of the game was disappointing but these things happen. We could have perhaps been slightly more ruthless in the front third and Byun-s two goals were unfortunate. The conditions of the game were quicker than usual and not what he is used to playing in. He played well, he was just unlucky.

I felt that we controlled the majority of the match and even when we went down to ten men early in the second third, we still kept our intensity and composure on the field.

You would think there-d be a few upset within the team this week, with the suspension of Tarek Elrich and Jobe Wheelhouse still sidelined with a foot injury; but the squad is doing great.

Week in week out, these boys put in the hard work on and off the field. Their passion for their team and game is second to none.

I know it-s cliché to say but as we approach the back end of the season, we are just taking it from week to week. Yes, we hope to make the top six and play in finals football, but we have some very tough games ahead of us so we will just play each game as it comes.

I-m looking forward to seeing some of our youth players step up to the mark this weekend. Ben Kantarovski and Jacob Pepper have been playing tremendously well in the mid field over the last few weeks and I am eager to see how they develop when faced with the challenge again.

Investing in our youth players is such an important aspect of football. We have to nurture them so in years to come the rewards will roll in. I have no doubt that with the talent and desire we have within our youth team; this will be the case for us.

Summing up, we-re looking forward to the challenge against our F3 rivals, the Central Coast Mariners this Saturday. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain so we-ll be rolling up our sleeves and doing everything we can in the hope of taking home our first away win of the season.

Gary