Time for play­ers to push past big de­feat

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

WHAT can I say about last week’s re­sult and per­for­mance?

It’s one thing to lose 1- 5 at home, it’s quite another to lose the way we did.

Our derby ri­vals for the Frank Fa­rina Cup were too strong, too quick and first to the ball ev­ery time.

They in­tim­i­dated us and there sim­ply were not enough play­ers ready and will­ing to stand up for the bat­tle.

FNQFC Heat de­served their win be­cause we were sec­ond best all night.

Hav­ing said that, it’s one game. The boys should use it as a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and move on­wards and up­wards.

We’re still in the NPL com­pe­ti­tion with a chance to make the top four. We cur­rently sit in joint 5th po­si­tion, with one game in hand com­pared with all but one team ahead of us, and with six games to play. That’s 18 points to pick up, with two games at home and four away.

We have to haul one team back – Red­lands United – and keep another – FNQFC Heat – at bay.

The next six weeks will be a good op­por­tu­nity to show some fight­ing spirit. Each game will be like a Cup fi­nal; if you want to stay in it and take part in the “busi­ness end” of the com­pe­ti­tion, you need to win.

We face the team cur­rently top of the ta­ble, Bris­bane Strik­ers, twice, and two of the other games are against the teams cur­rently ly­ing sec­ond and third.

If we play to our strengths, if we re­main con­sis­tent and do the sim­ple things well for 90 min­utes, and if we bring a will to win on to the pitch ev­ery sin­gle game, then we can do this – start­ing tonight with Bris­bane City.

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