DEVONPORT is hoping the inclusion of one of its English imports is just the tonic it needs to kick-start the Strikers’ season in Hobart today.
KICKING ON: Devonport’s Luke BanField gets boot to ball against South Hobart. Picture: Jason Hollister.
After a disappointing opening two rounds of the fixture, the Strikers venture down the highway to tackle Glenorchy, in what is almost a must-win for the Coastal club as it’s the only team in the league yet to notch up a point.
Coach Bobby Eaves said last week’s heavy 6-2 loss to South Hobart was a “massive lesson on the importance of attitude and discipline”, and he didn’t want a repeat performance.
“They ripped us apart with movement, and our shape became non-existent,” Eaves said.
“Which in turn led to our on-field behaviour to go down and body language was at an extreme low.
“We need to move forward quickly and recover our season.
“Round 3 we see now as a competitive game in which we have to take points from.
“We meet a young Glenorchy side which seems to be vulnerable in a physical contest and lacks experience.
“However, if we turn up like the previous week, we will not win.
“We need to focus early on preparing mentally for the clash and let our football do some talking, which I believe it will.”
Devonport’s squad will see a few changes, with the most notable alteration being the inclusion of UK product Daniel Syson.
Today’s match at KGV Football Park kicks off at 2pm.
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