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Wanderers coach challenges players to find scoring touch on road trip

Stephen Hart is calling for his team to break out from a run of draws and finally capitalize on their chances during a two game road trip against Pacific and Cavalry.

The Wanderers take on Pacific at Westhills Stadium Wednesday night, after letting another lead slip at home to FC Edmonton, in spite of creating a number of chances to kill the game off.

“It’s been like watching the same movie over and over,” Hart said after a 1-1 draw against the Eddies. “We’ve been in the lead and allowed this to happen, so we have to look within ourselves and ask why we are not finishing off chances, it’s the end product.”

Urged on by another big home crowd, the Wanderers took an early lead against Edmonton but could not hold it. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Urged on by another big home crowd, the Wanderers took an early lead against Edmonton but could not hold it. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Hart’s frustration comes from the fact his team have taken only five points after five consecutive draws, when he believes they could have recorded five wins for a total of fifteen points from those matches.

That points haul would have dramatically improved the team’s position in the Canadian Premier League standings.

Still, the Wanderers can draw level on points with Pacific if they can manage a win away from home on Wednesday. The away match in Cavalry follows on Saturday.

“We’ve got to find a way to stay positive because there are a lot of good things going on with the team and we want to build on that,” said Elton John, who has had a good run as captain in the midfield in the past few games.

John went close with an acrobatic overhead kick against Edmonton. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
John went close with an acrobatic overhead kick against Edmonton. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Juan Diego Gutierrez, who has also turned in some good performances of late, said the team will need to dig deep against a Pacific squad with some impressive young players, including the league’s joint top scorer Terran Campbell.

“For sure they have a couple of really good players with good technique, so for me it’s a good team and they play good football,” Gutierrez said. “But we are improving and creating chances and we just need to score more.”

Juan Diego Gutierrez in full flight against Edmonton, says Pacific will present a strong test. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Juan Diego Gutierrez in full flight against Edmonton, says Pacific will present a strong test. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Hart, who has been quick to praise his team for effort and commitment in the past few games, said he’s hoping the narrative changes in the remaining games.

“At some point the players have to ask themselves is this what we want to remember this season for, giving up leads and drawing games?” he questioned.

With a four hour time change it’s going to be a late one on Wednesday when the Wanderers get underway at Pacific with the kick-off at 11 p.m. AST.

As always when we’re on the road, you can stream the match live on One Soccer and follow our club’s social media accounts at @hfxwanderersfc

Come on you Wanderers!