Coach Jose Figueira is hoping his team can build on last week’s victory and deliver a more clinical performance against Hamilton Wanderers at Newtown Park on Sunday.
“We have got a lot of confidence from last week. It’s now just trying to get even better at what we’ve been doing, (to be) more clinical and avoid errors”
Figueira is expecting a tough battle against the Hamilton Wanderers, who are buoyant following their 4-0 thrashing of Eastern Suburbs last week and sit a comfortable third on the premiership table.
“I think we’ve got to be ready for the challenge. They are in the position that they are because they’ve started the season well. I know all the players very well from my time in the Northern League and the qualities they possess. We are going to have to be at the top of our game”
Team Wellington achieved their first victory of the season last week against Hawkes Bay United winning 4-2. Figueira was delighted with his team’s attitude as they held-off a fierce second-half comeback from their rivals.
“It was great to kick-start our season. I thought the boys put in a fantastic performance and started to show some really good glimpses of how we are hopefully going to progress this season”.
“I thought the way we controlled the game and showed the attitude that we did, I knew we were going to get something out of it”
The result is critical for Team Wellington who are looking to build confidence following two early-season losses. Figueira feels his team are starting to see the benefits of more time together as they adjust to a new a philosophy.
“I think the players are now starting to take a bit of pride in getting to really understand what we are trying to do on the field”.
“We are starting to see a really good culture come together and players are starting to feel comfortable and get to know each other which is really important as this will lead to trust on the field”
The match will be played at Newtown Park which has a better set-up for Sky Sport’s televised coverage compared to traditional home ground David Farrington Park.
Some concerns have been raised over whether the pitch is match-ready following its use for discus and shot-put events at a recent Wellington interclub meeting. However,Figueira is refusing to let this bother him in his pre-match build-up:
“They’ve got the same groundsmen as we have here at David Farrington Park and he has assured me the ground is going to be good. Regardless of the ground and location, we are going to go there and hopefully kick on off the back of last week’s result.”
- Rory Milne