AXF Coach's Corner w/ JvS

Tomorrow’s match against the Central Coast Mariners is obviously important for both sides, but for different reasons.

Tomorrow-s match against the Central Coast Mariners is obviously important for both sides, but for different reasons.

The Mariners are looking to consolidate top place on the table, while we are seek to confirm our place in the top six ahead of the Hyundai A-League Finals Series.

While the pressure our side will face in the coming weeks is likely to be different to what we have experienced previously, it doesn-t mean there needs to be any difference in our approach.

Although we can look towards loftier aspirations, our primary goal over the coming weeks is to simply reach the playoffs.

We are aiming for the highest possible position, and if that means we are able to play a home final, then we will be happy.

Our team is confident, feeling strong, and with the return of Aziz Behich, Mate Dugandzic and Jason Hoffman, we are at full strength for the first time in a while.

The trio all featured for the Australian Under 23 side midweek and emerged free of injury. We are hopeful they will be fit and ready to play 90 minutes tomorrow, as it would increase the level of competition at training and heighten the battle for spots in the starting eleven.

However, we will need to be conscious of their physical condition, particularly in light of the games they have played and the travel undertaken over the last week.