By David Cross asbpremiership.co.nz
WELLINGTON - Waikato FC will try to end a barren run of six years without a win in the capital when Will Gerdsen's team travel south to take on Team Wellington this weekend.
A win for Waikato FC will boost their playoff hopes and Gerdsen's squad can already point to the efforts of Canterbury United for inspiration.
Like Waikato FC, Canterbury United hadn't beaten Wellington in six seasons of trying but history didn't stop them leaving with the points in a convincing 4-2 win.
Team Wellington have had a fortnight to consider the implications of that defeat and coach Stu Jacobs is looking to show faith in the players that started the loss against Canterbury.
"There won't be many changes, no," Jacobs said, "It was more about getting out passioned by Canterbury. We need a shift in our mental approach to every game. The players will do the rest."
Jacobs isn't ignoring the part the opposition have to play in this match though either
"I’ve had a wee bit of feedback about them and they've been going well. Any win breeds confidence. Our challenge is to stifle that confidence right from the first whistle," Jasobcs said.
Waikato FC meanwhile come off an away win over Otago in Dunedin and a morale boosting 2-1 victory over the Wellington Phoenix 'A' side in the opening game of the ASB Challenge Series last Monday.
Waikato FC coach Willie Gerdsen knows a wounded Team Wellington side are a threat.
"I have great respect for the Welington side and coaches Stu Jacobs and Charlie Howe in particular," Gerdsen said, "Team Wellington are obviously an experienced side who have been there or there about the last few seasons."
"We'll be the underdogs, no doubt about it, with our young side but we'll enjoy the challenge and work hard," Gerdsen said.
Gerdsen though is pleased with how things are going so far this season
"We have a very, very young team, with an average age of only 21 but we've done well so far this season," Gerdsen said, "We were lucky in Otago to pick up a 1-0 win, and could have got something out of the Auckland City game."
"We don't have the resources of the Auckland sides and we have new coaching staff, new backroom staff, a young squad, it's a bit of a transition year for us," Gerdsen said.
A transition year it may be but the opening game in the ASB Challenge series proved that Waikato FC will fight every step of the way.
"We got a good result, it was a little bit lucky but not undeserved and we had a great crowd, and a great evening," Gerdsen said, "I'm a great believer in the ASB Challenge Series, a great chance for the youngsters to play in a professional team and bring something to our home ground."
Something Team Wellington will get to experience on Tuesday night when they meet the Wellington Phoenix 'A' side in the second match in the ASB Challenge Series, although it is not something Jacobs can afford to dwell on.
"Our priority is Sunday. We will consider Tuesday’s fixture in due course," Jacobs said.
Goalkeeper Lance RAMAEKERS and Darren CHERITON receive call ups.
Sam MARGETTS and Matteo BALLAN join the squad.
Scott BASALAJ and Jamie O'CONNOR are both injured. Romain CORNAND is left out of the squad as is Mikey HALIKIAS who is unavailable.
Alex BARLOW (broken leg) and David SAMSON (hand injury) left out due to injury.
Team Wellington skipper Karl WHALEN will make his 99th ASB Premiership appearance, if selected.
Milos NIKOLIC will make his 20th ASB Premiership career appearance, if selected. NIKOLIC has scored five career goals.
Team Wellington has never lost a home match to Waikato FC in the ASB Premiership. Wellington’s home record reads seven wins and three draws. Waikato FC’s last victory over Team Wellington was a 2-0 success in 2008-09 season at Ngaruawahia. Team Wellington has lost to Waikato FC just once in their last eleven encounters.
Waikato FC has yet to win an away match with Team Wellington in the ASB Premiership. Waikato FC’s best results in the capital include two 0-0 draws (2004-05 and 2006-07 season) and a 2-2 draw in 2005-06 season. Waikato FC’s biggest win over Team Wellington was a 6-0 thrashing in 2005-06 season.
ASB Premiership - Week Five
David Farrington Park, Wellington
Sunday 21 November, 2010
1- Phil IMRAY (GK)
1- John FLETCHER (GK)
2- Scott ROBSON
2- Maksim MANKO
3- Jamie DUNCAN
5- Nathan STROM
4- Michael EAGAR
6- Nick BRANCH
7- Wiremu PATRICK
7- Jason HICKS
10- Michael FIFII
8- Jason McKEOWN
11- Andrew ABBA
9- Mark JONES
12- Emiliano TADO
10- Daniel PEAT
13- Karl WHALEN (C)
11- Nathan PALMER (C)
14- Hicham KAMRI
12- Jack BEGUELY
17- Matthew WILLIAMS
14- Joe BRESNAHAN
18- Darren CHERITON
16- Tewi TE POU
21- Pomare TE ANAU
17- Milos NIKOLIC
23- Ryan CAIN
20- Sam MARGETTS
24- Tyler LISSETTE
22- Alex CARR (GK)
25- Lance RAMAEKERS (GK)
23- Matteo BALLAN
24- Mauri WASI