AXF Coach's Corner w/ JvS

Momentum is what football’s all about.

Momentum is what football-s all about.

Hitting form at the right time, and making an impact in the direct lead up to the Finals Series is crucial for every side in the Hyundai A-League this season.

For our side in particular, we have been playing some good football recently, but our performances have ultimately gone unrewarded.

Of our recent outings against Melbourne Victory, Wellington Phoenix, Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners, we played well in all but one but collected only two points.

To change this trend, we need to improve our decision making, as while we are creating chances, we have proven rather indecisive in front of goal.

Looking at the squad, we will almost certainly name an identical 15-man squad to last week.

Fred won-t be travelling to Newcastle as he isn-t ready yet, and we feel he would benefit from additional week-s training before making his return.

We-ll try to have him ready for next week to play a half or an hour, but we have to judge that every week and every day with him.

We-re really happy with his training but this is only his second session with the full group in five weeks.

Looking at Newcastle, as a team, we all have to be alert, as we need to defend from the front and work as a team. We know Ryan Griffiths and Jeremy Brockie are in form, so we have to be very sharp in marking and closing Newcastle down in transition.

We-ll take an extra player with us as Kristian Sarkies is in doubt after picking up a light knock at training today. I think he will be ok, so the addition of a 16th player to the touring party is more for precautionary reasons.