After a difficult home defeat last Saturday, Northcote City are on the road, looking to bounce back and take their fourth win of the NPL season.
Peter Kotsiris described our side’s 3-1 loss to Dandenong Thunder as the “most disappointing game of the year”.
City, sitting sixth on the National Premier League ladder just behind a pack of teams chasing runaway leaders South Melbourne and Oakleigh, dropped to ninth following the loss.
Trailing 0-1 at the half, City came out firing in the second half but was “caught on the counter attack” and coughed up a further two goals.
James Kalifatidis pegged one back for City but it made little difference.
“There weren’t really any positives to take out of it, it was our most disappointing game of the year,” Kotsiris said.
“About the only positive is that we couldn’t play any worse. We’re pretty motivated to work on our form and get the season going again.”
“The players are still getting to know each other and how they play,” he said.
“But we know Saturday wasn’t good enough and we’ve set high standards so we’re looking to improve.”
Ahead of a clash with undefeated Oakleigh Cannons, Kotsiris was in a buoyant mood.
“That’s a big game, and maybe that will be the catalyst for the rest of the season.”
The eight day break has given the team plenty of time to freshen up and refocus ahead of what is sure to be one of the matches of the round in NPL Victoria.
NPL Victoria Round 9
Oakleigh Cannons v Northcote City
Jack Edwards Reserve
Sunday 18 May