From the Dugout with JvS - Week Seven

Reflecting on the Hyundai A-League table, it is quite clear that with the exception of Brisbane Roar, the remaining teams in the competition are very tightly bunched together on the table.

Reflecting on the Hyundai A-League table, it is quite clear that with the exception of Brisbane Roar, the remaining teams in the competition are very tightly bunched together on the table.

Only six points separates second from last, while the results themselves have been very close, enabling us to make a massive leap forward tonight if we are able to secure all three points on offer.

Gold Coast is having a difficult time at the moment and has lost two matches in a row. However, they will be fired up, that-s for sure, and playing at Skilled Park, it-s going to be different for us, with the higher temperature and level of humidity. We-ll have to prepare ourselves well.

While we-ll have a very different team on the pitch due to the absence of our Olyroos players, Aziz Behich, Mate Dugandzic and Jason Hoffman, it will provide an opportunity for others as well to demonstrate their qualities.

We have a number of players who are available now and will be given the opportunity to impress. Eli came into the team last week, making an impact, while Rutger Worm is very close to fitness after playing 90 minutes for the National Youth League side last week.

David Williams is another player we can call upon as is Curtis Good, who is back from international duty, while Simon Colosimo returns from suspension.

I-m confident we have enough players and quality in reserve to cover Aziz, Mate and Jason-s absence.