Despite a shattering 3-1 loss to Richmond SC on Saturday, defender Michalis Karvouniaris says Northcote City isn’t giving up on its survival hopes as the team prepares for a massive final three fixtures.
Leading 1-0 in the 80th minute, Northcote succumbed to a 3-1 defeat against fellow battlers Richmond which left Hercules in the relegation zone, one point behind their opponents.
“After we conceded the first goal we lost our concentration,” Karvouniaris said.
“The same thing happened in the previous game against Bulleen where we copped a goal in the 85th minute and got one point when maybe we deserved three.”
“We lost our focus against Richmond. There was nine minutes where we didn’t play at all. But these things happen in football, that’s why it’s so exciting and everybody wants to watch it.”
The Greek national is remaining positive with it all still to play for in the remaining rounds.
“There are three games to go and everything is possible. We have three really tough matches, probably the most difficult run home compared to the other teams in the same situation as us.”
“But I have faith in the team and I believe we can do it. If I didn’t believe I wouldn’t be here. I put my faith in the boys, in Loza (Goran Lozanovski) and our coaching staff. We will give 100 per cent to make sure that what happened against Richmond or Bulleen won’t happen again.”
Standing first in Northcote’s way are fifth-placed Hume City, with a tricky visit to ABD Stadium looming on Saturday night.
The earlier fixture this year saw Hume win 5-0 at John Cain Memorial Park, but Karvouniaris says the team will try to focus on themselves rather than the opponent
“We always go for the three points, that’s our goal and why we play. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, we look at our team and we have faith in each other. We’re going to play every game like a final and hopefully we get something out of it.”
The centre-back has enjoyed a solid run of form of late, scoring three goals and proving an integral component of Northcote’s rearguard.
“I’m happy with my performances lately. I feel I’ve adapted to Australian football. It was difficult coming from Europe, playing half a season then having to do two pre-seasons but now with the help of the coaching staff and my teammates I feel better, I feel strong and I think I’ve settled into the Australian way.”