By David Gearey asbpremiership.co.nz
NAPIER - Hawke's Bay United coach Matt Chandler will be hoping he doesn’t have to rely on assistant coach Chris McIvor for a last gasp winner as Hawke's Bay chase back to back victories in their ASB Premiership showdown with Otago United at Park Island on Sunday.
McIvor came off the bench as a late substitute and secured all three points with his 90th minute winner over Manawatu last week. However, he knows against a team like Otago they need to be on their game for the full ninety minutes.
“Firstly we need to win the battle,” McIvor said,"then we must be getting ourselves more frequently into goal scoring opportunities. Although we were pleased with three points last week, we didn’t create most of our chances until the final quarter of the match.”
With former Seattle striker Jarrod Smith still out with a hamstring injury, McIvor may find himself called upon to create that early opportunity for the home side.
With the suspension of Cole Peverley, who picked up two yellow cards last week against Manawatu, at least one spot beckons in the starting line-up and McIvor will surely be in Chandler’s thoughts.
The squad was further boosted this week with the signing of Phil Doran’s twin brother Pete. The two Scousers could give fellow players, coaches and spectators alike a little trouble identifying whose who with their identical looks but McIvor has it sorted after the first training.
“One wears green boots and the other wears white. Which one wears what I don’t know.”
Meanwhile Otago will be chasing their first points of this years campaign when they make the trip north.
After a disappointing 1-0 loss to Waikato in Dunedin last week coach Malcolm Fleming will be looking to turn his teams fortunes around and break a four game losing streak at Bluewater Stadium.
“It wasn’t the start we were after at all and I think if we were honest about it, it was our own doing, from not playing as we should have, and have trained like," Fleming said.
And Fleming knows that returning to Park Island hasn’t recently been the place Otago have been able to pick up points.
“I believe if we are not up to scratch this week it could be a very difficult game for us as the Bay are never an easy side to play anywhere, and their side looks to have a good balance to it”.
With recent form being anything to go by then Otago will have to be at their best to take any points away from Napier and Fleming will be hoping stalwart Andy Coburn will be fit to make his 94th ASB Premiership appearance and return in time from a calf injury.
“Andy’s chances of playing are 50/50 at the moment which is not good for us as he plays a vital role at our club, Fleming said.
Both camps will be wanting valuable points prior to Christmas in what will be seen as must win games if either side are going push for a top four playoff berth this season.
Hawke's Bay United take on Otago United at Bluewater Stadium, Napier on Sunday 14th November, Kick off 2pm.
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Phil DORAN’s twin brother Peter DORAN is drafted into the squad pending international transfer clearance while Dan BALL and Adam CHANDLER are on standby.
Jarrod SMITH misses out with a hamstring injury while Cole PEVERLEY is suspended following his red card in last week’s match with YoungHeart Manawatu.
Jonathan TAYLOR will make his 48th ASB Premiership career appearance, if selected. Chris McIVOR will make his 74th ASB Premiership career appearance, if selected.
Andy COBURN will face a late fitness test on a calf injury. If selected, Coburn will make his 94th ASB Premiership career appearance.
Hawke’s Bay United is on a four match winning streak against Otago United on home soil. In eight home matches with Otago, Hawke’s Bay has won five and lost three.
Otago United last defeated Hawke’s Bay away from home in 2006 when they won 2-0 at Park Island. Otago United’s biggest win over Hawke’s Bay United was 3-0 back in 2005-06 season.
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ASB Premiership - Week Four
Park Island, Napier
Sunday 14 November, 2010
1- Richard GILLESPIE (GK)
1- Adam HIGHFIELD (GK)
2- Phil DORAN
3- Tristan PRATTLEY
3- Marvin EAKINS
4- Matt THOMAS
5- Bill ROBERTSON
5- Hayden GUNN
7- Matt HASTINGS
6- Tom SADD
8- Leon BIRNIE
7- Nathan KNOX
9- Peter DORAN
8- Paul SEAMAN
10- Dan O'BRIEN
9- Anthony HANCOCK
12- Andy BEVIN
10- Phil RUGGLES
13- Dan WILSON
11- Andy COBURN
14- Marama THOMPSON
12- James REICHWIN
15- Joachim RANDE
13- Cam BURNS (GK)
16- Adam CHANDLER
15- Morgan DAY
18- Jonathan TAYLOR (c)
16- Harley RODEKA
19- Dan BALL
17- Tim HORNER
20- Chris McIVOR
18- Tom CONNOR
25- Shaun PETA (GK)
23- Liam LOCKART
24- Matt BROOK