The Wanderers are determined to cast aside a disappointing run of results and send a message that they are still a serious threat in the Westfield W-League competition when they play Melbourne City at Marconi Stadium tomorrow night.
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According to American defender Sam Staab, the Red & Black are ready to get back on track and there will be no better way than beating the competition hot shots.
After a superb start to the season that saw them go unbeaten in their opening six games, Staab concedes the Wanderers have had a couple of slip-ups, dropping to third spot with just one win in their past four matches.
However, Staab believes the team is ready to step it up again.
“This game is massive for us, it’s really big for momentum and really big to show how good we are and what we can accomplish this year,” said Staab.
“I would definitely say we are ready to go and that we have had this game marked on the calendar for a while. Finally, we are here and it’s time to play and we are all ready to go and fire up.
“Melbourne City are obviously a tremendous team and in great form, but if we come out and do our best and show who we are as a team and as individuals, then I think everything will turn out in our favour.
“It would be really awesome for our team to bounce back because it would send a message to the people who are looking past us now because of a few slip-ups.”
Staab said the squad, which has been affected by injuries, has been working hard to turn things around in recent weeks. The focus and energy of the players is still very evident.
“A lot of the girls are champing at the bit and have a lot of energy trying to get on the field and in training to show themselves and show what they can do to the coaches and to all of us on the field who have been playing,” said Staab.
“ I think that energy and tenacity is so great for the team and for what we are trying to portray in the environment that we want in training and eventually that will lead into to the game.
“I think its great everyone has stepped up and done a tremendous job just pushing each person to the max.”
Staab stressed the importance of the Wanderers faithful turning up to Marconi Stadium to give their full support to the team in their quest to make the Westfield W-League playoffs for the first time in the club’s history.
“Having the home fans behind you makes a world of difference. It would be awesome if we can get a big crowd there.
“Obviously it is a big game for us, so having a lot of fans backing us adds a little extra and help us get the job done.”