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Wellington wary of wounded Auckland

By David Cross / asbpremiership.co.nz 

WELLINGTON - Team Wellington coach Stu Jacobs has warned his players they face a stern test in Sunday's ASB Premiership semi-final, despite Auckland City's surprise 1-0 defeat to Canterbury United on Thursday night.

Wellington's previous semi-final encounter with Auckland City back in 2007-08 season ended in a thrilling 4-3 extra time win that propelled the capital men into a Grand Final showdown with Waitakere United.

But since that heady result, the semi-finals have been strewn with heartbreak and disappointment for the capital men. Last season, an away goals defeat to champions Waitakere United left a lump in Wellington throats. The season before that, Waitakere triumphed 5-1 on aggregate over two legs.

Jacobs prefers to focus on what Team Wellington can do, not Auckland City.

"Still, it's not about Auckland City.  It's about us and doing our best and what we have trained to do.  We know that if we show fight, passion and organisation we're as good as any side in the league and it's about time we put that on the pitch," Jacobs said.

Auckland City come into the match off the back of a sensational 0-1 loss to Canterbury United, a fixture that had left the Auckland coaching staff with a selection connundrum. Co-coach Ramon Tribulietx described the awkward run of games candidly.

"We've had to play some players that we'll need for Sunday.  It was a tricky situation as we need to win Sunday's semi final but we needed to play as hard as we could on Thursday against Canterbury to make sure the credibility of the match stands. We have to compete in both games and that's just how it is." said Tribulietx.

Auckland City have coped with a hectic schedule recently with two midweek games and a flight to Wellington just days after Thursday night's loss to Canterbury. 

Tribulietx makes no excuses.
 
"We had some tough games at the beginning of the season and we had some new players and changes to the squad.  Now we're in a positive situation, we've got cohesion and we're playing well. Things are looking really good but we've got to keep going because at this stage we haven't won anything," he said.
 
He's also wary of a Stu Jacobs side that has failed to fire in recent weeks.

"It is hard for them, they knew they were in third place and sometimes it's hard to be focussed.  Sometimes it's just hard to compete the same way.We know it will be hard this week, they are one of the best  teams in New Zealand and we're going to have to be at our best to beat them."
 
Stu Jacobs will hope his charges can finish strongly after his side gave up a 2-0 lead to 2-2 draw with eighth placed YoungHeart Manawatu last week.

"It was disappointing. We started slowly and finished poorly but we're focussed on this week and it's time to turn it around," said Jacobs.
 
Jacobs has warned his players that Auckland's defeat to Canterbury is not a sign their opponents have hit a dip in form.

"If anything the loss on Thursday will give Auckland City even more motivation. Any time you take on the Auckland sides is a real challenge and I don't think it's going to be any different this time.  They will bring a top team and a top game and we'll have to work hard to take them on," Jacobs said.
 
Team Wellington return to the familiar environs of David Farrington Park for the first leg of the semi final. The action kicks off at 1.30pm on Sunday.

 

Head to Head

Team Wellington

Auckland City

In:

Jamie O'CONNOR and Hicham KAMRI.

Auckland City welcome Jacob SPOONLEY, Ian HOGG, James PRITCHETT, Daniel KOPRIVCIC and Ivan VICELICH back to their squad.

Out:

Peter HALSTEAD returns to Australia and is unavailable for selection.

Dean LAUSEV, Paul GOTHARD, Adam McGEORGE, Alex FENERIDIS are all dropped, while

Players:

Hicham KAMRI and Emiliano TADE finished the regular season at Team Wellington's top scorers with seven goals each. Behind them with six goals was John SUTHERLAND.

Daniel MORGANís knee injury in Palmerston North rules him out of selection.

Vital Stats:

Team Wellington have only three wins from nineteen matches with Auckland City but have developed a one win, two draws, one defeat record from its past four home matches with the visitors.

Auckland City has only won once in its last four visits to the capital. The last success was a 1-0 win recorded in 2009 during the regular season.

 

Squad List

 Team Wellington

ASB Premiership Semi Final, 1st Leg
Newtown Park, Wellington


Auckland City

Sunday 13 March, 2011
Kick-off: 1.30pm


1- Phil IMRAY (GK)

1- Jacob SPOONLEY

2- Scott ROBSON

2- Angel BERLANGA

3- Jamie DUNCAN

3- Ian HOGG

5- Jamie O'CONNOR

4- Sam CAMPBELL

6- Mikey HALIKIAS

6- Stuart KELLY

7- Wiremu PATRICK

7- James PRITCHETT

9- Romain CORNAND

9- Manel EXPOSITO

10- Michael FIFII

10- Luis CORRALES

11- Andrew ABBA

11- Daniel KOPRIVCIC

12- Emiliao TADE

12- Liam LITTLE (GK)

13- Karl WHALEN (c)

13- Alex FENERIDIS

14- Hicham KAMRI

14- Adam DICKINSON

16- John SUTHERLAND

15- Ivan VICELICH

18- Darren CHERITON

16- Albert REIRA

19- George BARBAROUSES

20- Riki van STEEDEN

21- Tyler LISSETTE

22- Andrew MILNE

22- Justin GULLEY

23- Adam THOMAS

23- Ryan CAIN

26- Aaron BAWDEKAR

24- Jessie SMITH

25- Lance RAMAEKERS (GK)

- Four to be omitted