City custodian Thomas Sorensen says coming into Friday’s Semi after a commanding performance against Perth is crucial for his side’s confidence.
The keeper picked up his fifth clean sheet of the season on Sunday and looked strong as part of a defensive team that shut out the likes of Andy Keogh, Diego Castro and Chris Harold and the Great Dane was certain that a performance like that on Friday would push the Reds all the way.
“It was a great result when we needed it,” Sorensen said.
“We had a sort of sticky patch come the end of the season so it was important to get things back on track and I think the performance was top notch from start to finish.
“Everyone put in a shift. Some great goals from Bruno to top it off so overall we’re happy with it but it's just one step. We can't be too carried away, we have a tough game on Friday so we are looking forward to it.
“We know our qualities but you’ve got to put in the shift, be aggressive and believe in yourself and I thought Sunday was a great stepping stone leading into the next couple of games.
“We just need to gather ourselves this week, rest up and be ready to go, put in the same sort of performance and we know we’ll have a chance so that's what we’ll be looking for.”
After a colourful final round between the two sides, City’s number one believes little will be made of their two wins at Coopers Stadium this season, saying the finals atmosphere brings a different environment.
“We’ve gone there twice, won there twice but this is a final, anything can happen,” he said.
“We know if we can perform like we did yesterday, we have a very good chance of winning and that's the belief we are going to take into the game.“The games we played there have been really tight, great atmosphere so we want to avenge the 2-0 loss. It’s a finals game and everything is on the line, there's a place in the Grand Final so we will give it everything and I’m confident we will win.”