INTERVIEW: Hunger was there – Christian Pavlidis


Despite Box Hill United’s slender 1-0 defeat against Goulburn Valley Suns on Saturday, goalkeeper Christian Pavlidis felt his colleagues could not be faulted for their ‘hunger’ going forward.


A Jamie England goal in the first-half from a corner proved the difference in the end at Wembley Park. Yet, it was Box Hill dictating terms for the majority of the 90 minutes, creating a raft of scoring chances, but ultimately slipping to their second defeat in the last five league outings as goals eluded them.


Despite the frustrating outcome, Pavlidis said, “It was a good game. For the sake of being able to put up a good effort, we strived on putting in a shift. But obviously, it’s one of those days when we couldn’t find the back of the net. At the end of the day, that’s football!


“On their transition, they (GV Suns) were quite quick. Credit to them, they scored off a set-piece as well. But at the same time, it came down to our lapse of concentration.


“The actual hunger to get forward was all there. But like I said, it was not being able to find the back of the net. These sort of days happen. So, we have got to take it as it is and move forward.”


The reverse fixture in Round 2 saw Box Hill take the laurels away from home, thanks to Rowan McNamee’s stellar 20-yard strike in the first-half yielding a 1-0 win for us.


But Saturday’s proceedings differed, felt the 22-year-old shot-stopper. “It was the opposite, especially the second-half. The last time we played them, we were hanging on for dear life, which we did and ended up with a clean sheet and the result,” he reasoned. “[This time], it was a completely different story in terms of who necessarily dominated the attack.”


As the season inches towards the final third, Box Hill are brushing shoulders in the bottom-half of the ladder. With little room for error, Pavlidis urged his teammates to believe in themselves as the side aims for a stronger finish.


The former Heidelberg United custodian said, “It’s still pretty confident [in the dressing room], we do back ourselves in our abilities. We are all trying to stay positive and keep going.


“[It’s] very important. The team are gelling together more, everyone is finding their groove in a way. The leadership group is still staying strong in terms of taking charge and leading the boys [on and off the field].


“We try to look at grabbing all the positives we get from each game, and using them as a driver to help us push forward. It’s all about putting in the efforts on the pitch – that’s the main point he (head coach Con Karagiannidis) is getting through, when it comes to attitude.”


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