Souths United coach Vedran Becirbegovic says his side must learn from recent mistakes if they are to play finals football this season.
With only three rounds remaining in the FQ Premier League, Souths host mid-table side Mitchelton FC in what may prove a make-or-break fixture on Saturday night.
Currently sitting fifth in the standings following back-to-back defeats, Souths are eyeing maximum points from their remaining games.
Becirbegovic says his side will need to stay mentally strong and learn from last week’s injury-time defeat to Sunshine Coast Wanderers against the in-form Mitchelton.
“It was a hard defeat to take because the goals were conceded in stoppage time,” Becirbegovic said of the Wanderers result.
“Your confidence does go down but as long as the boys learn from it and try to be mentally strong we can turn it around and start winning again.”
Souths drew with Mitchelton 2-2 when the side’s last clashed in August, but Becirbegovic believes his side have greater insight following that result.
“They (Mitchelton) have some quality players in their squad, but they’ve also lost games by large margins.”
“We know what to expect – we just have to prepare ourselves mentally and tactically and we know on our day we can beat anybody.”
“It would really boost our confidence from the last two losses if we could get a win.”
Three points adrift of the top four, Souths are buoyed by the competition draw which sees fourth placed Wanderers and third placed Logan Lightning face each other and unbeaten competition leaders Peninsula Power in coming weeks.
Becirbegovic says his side is aware the results of those games will provide opportunity for his charges to make a late season move up the standings.
“The boys are very aware that we can still make top four and with Sunshine Coast having to play Logan and Peninsula, we just have to do our part until the end.”
“All our remaining games are winnable if we play up to our standard.”
“We know there’s still a chance, so we just have to win our matches and see what happens but obviously we’re not going to give up.”
Souths have won just five of their ten home games to date this season in the league.
FQ Premier League
Souths United v Mitchelton FC
Saturday, August 11 | 7:15PM
Wakerley Park, Runcorn
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