Even though the South Coast Wolves already are in the NSW Premier League finals, they need to get back into winning mode when they play APIA Leichhardt Tigers at Lambert Park on Sunday.
While there is no need for panic in the Wolves’ ranks, they will work on fine-tuning a few little things at training this week.
A 4-0 away loss to Blacktown City last Sunday was a setback, but it was the first time in about four or five weeks the Wolves had their full squad available.
An early penalty against them set the tone for the game.
With two rounds of the regular season remaining, the Wolves are still in third place, on 34 points. The Bonnyrigg White Eagles are on 47, Sydney Olympic 37, Wolves 34, while Blacktown City and Marconi are both at 32.
The Wolves will play seventh-placed APIA Leichhardt away, then Sutherland at home.
Wolves captain Jacob Timpano said the loss to Blacktown City was disappointing.
“I think Blacktown were probably a little bit more disappointing. They needed to win to still be in the finals, where we’re already guaranteed a finals spot,” Timpano said yesterday.
“Maybe the boys were a little bit complacent which is something we need to fix over the next two weeks.
“It’s for us to lose third spot … we’re still only three points from second.
“Usually teams go through a bit of a slump during the season and this may be ours.
“But we’ve got to get out of it soon before the finals start.”
The Tigers emerge as a danger team for the Wolves.
“APIA have won four on the trot, so it’s going to be a tough game away from home,” Timpano said.
“It’s going to be a battle and the boys are going to have to lift because it’s going to be difficult conditions and I think the team that’s more desperate will get the points.”
Timpano said it was important to cut out some of the mistakes that have cost them in the past few weeks.
“If we can fix a couple of little things I’ve got no doubt we’ll be fine,” he said.
Timpano said it was an exciting times for the Wolves, who haven’t been in the finals for a long time, and that will provide an extra incentive for them.
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