Box Hill United welcome Eastern Lions to Wembley Park this Sunday in the NPL2, and head coach Brian Vanega has shared his thoughts on the upcoming fixture.
United reside eighth on the ladder with 23 points, while Eastern Lions sit seven points adrift at fifth.
A dominant Box Hill unfortunately lost 2-0 against Melbourne Victory last time around, having hit the post and seeing a host of chances saved by the visiting goalkeeper.
Vanega now wants his men to translate their domination into a fruitful result in the next match.
He said, “In the last two games, we’ve been outworked. Maybe the other teams have worked five to ten per cent harder. But only small differences swing the game.
“It's about being a bit more mentally resilient. We have to put in a 90-minute performance, and trust that the goals will come throughout that.
“It is a young team, so they are still learning that. But we need to make those steps a bit quicker.”
Box Hill won the derby’s reverse 2-0, and Vanega wants to learn from that success story against an experienced outfit.
The boss reasoned, “They (Lions) are a difficult side to play. They’re physically strong, work very hard, and have been in this league for a number of seasons.
“They have players who are good in the air. We have to match them for all that.
“We did get success against them. We will keep in mind what we did that day, and refine and look to do some of those things better.”