Team Wellington positive ahead of vital clash

Coach Jose Figueira believes his team are in a positive mindset ahead of Sunday’s away game to Waitakere United following their emphatic 5-2 victory against Hamilton Wanderers.

“The squad are in really high spirits after last week’s excellent performance against Hamilton. It’s been nice to bounce back with two wins on the bounce”

After a slow start to the season, Team Wellington are starting to show their full potential. They are looking dangerous on the counter-attack with Ben Harris, Tom Jackson and Joel Stevens striking top form.

Figueira attributes their improved form to a growing sense of self-belief within the camp.

“At the end of the day, football is football. Wins bring around confidence. From confidence, players become braver and have a bit more belief in how they need to play on the field”

Waitakere United will be desperate for a win following a disappointing 1-0 loss away to Eastern Suburbs last weekend. They currently sit fourth on the table and Figueira is acutely aware of the threat they pose.

“Historically, we’ve seen Waitakere be one of the powerhouses of the national league. Despite their blip last season, I think we’ve seen Chris Milicich assemble a very experienced and quality team”

“Their early position in the league and results shows that they’re once again going to be challenging for the top-four and possibly higher than that”

Despite their run of form, Figueira believes his team must be at their best against a well-coached and experienced opposition.

“While we’re on a good run of form, we are certainly under no illusions. This challenge is going to be huge for us. We need to be right on top of our game against what is a good quality, experienced team which is very well organised under Chris”

- Rory Milne