From The Dugout With John van 't Schip

While we were unable to win on Friday night, I firmly believe that as a Club, we need to persevere with our vision and technical philosophy for this team.

While we were unable to win on Friday night, I firmly believe that as a Club, we need to persevere with our vision and technical philosophy for this team.

If you want to build a culture and structure, it is important to have faith in a style of play, and stick with it, even during times when you are not going as well.

Obviously, injuries will force a coach to make changes to his formation and take a different approach, which is one of the things you need to consider.

For example, if your strategy requires the use of wingers, but they are unavailable, then a team will potentially need to make alternations to the on-field structure.

Ahead of the Wellington game, we will need to see how everybody is physically towards the end of the week before we make a final decision on our tactical approach.

Against the Mariners, Michael Beauchamp-s nose injury severely disrupted our performance in the first half, which is a shame, as we made a strong start.

However, with Beauchamp sidelined for nearly 15 minutes, we were forced to change and drop Michael Marrone back in addition to Matt Thompson, who was initially going to play further up the park around Gerald Sibon.

During the second half, we were again down to 10 men after Beauchamp was sent off, and although we created some chances through Sibon, John Aloisi and Eli Babalj, we were quite lucky that Clint Bolton had a good game.

We need to see what we can do to get back on the right track and improve our performances as Wellington will be a big challenge on Sunday.