Figueira wary of Southern United’s attacking edge

Coach Jose Figueira is not underestimating Southern United’s attacking ability ahead of Sunday’s clash at home.

“Despite their position on the table and their recent run of results, I think this weekend’s game is going to be a tricky test for us”

“Looking a little deeper into their performances, they certainly do pose a lot of threats for us especially going forward where they have real pace and aggression. They have players who can- and are willing- to shoot from distance”

Southern United are desperate to get a result following a run of three consecutive losses. However, Figueira does acknowledge his opposition are making progress as they go through a period of transition.

“I think, under their new coach Paul O'Reilly and the import players they have brought in this season, it’s clear to see they’ve got a slightly different playing philosophy and organisation”

The fixture is a crucial game for Team Wellington as they try to separate themselves out from a congested premiership table and stay in the top-four.

“We want to make sure that we maintain our results and performances in the lead-up to the Christmas break. I think the next run of 3 or so games are going to be crucial for us to cement ourselves in that (top-four) mix”

“Every one of those games is going to pose different challenges and problems for us. We are going to have to keep our attitude and application right at the top level to make sure we can extend this run longer”

Figueira is happy with this week’s build-up following a bruising 0-0 draw against Eastern Suburbs last weekend.

“It was a really intense and high-tempo game. It was one that, on another day, we could have got a bit more out of it. However, it was a really positive performance”

“There is still many things to continue developing and working on but the boys have had a great training session this week and the minds are certainly focused on this weekend’s game”

Team Wellington are boosted by the return of attacking threat Tom Jackson, who was not available for last week’s game.

- Rory Milne