Stephen Hart’s team are hoping to give the Wanderers Grounds home crowd some goals to celebrate Wednesday night against Valour FC.
The Wanderers head into the game fresh from recording a clean sheet in a goalless draw at York9.
While pleased with the solid defensive performance, Hart is still looking for more from his team in the opposition penalty area.
“We need a little more composure in front of goal, that killer instinct. Because we are at home we should be a little more comfortable,” Hart said.
Wednesday night’s match will be the fourth meeting between the two clubs this season.
Valour edged the first league game 1-0 in Winnipeg before the Wanderers won both Canadian Championship games home and away, scoring four goals over the two legs.
Hart is quick to stress those matches are in the past.
“Yes the players have experiences against the opposition but all the games have been very close, a goal here or a goal there, so it’s a brand new game,” he said.
Just one point behind Valour, the players have their eye on the possibility of moving to third place in the Canadian Premier League standings with a home win.
They’re expecting the opposition to come out strong after losing both games against the Wanderers in the Battle of the North competition.
“We know we will have to fight for the points, they’re going to come at us with all they’ve got because they took two losses to us before this game and they’re going to come with a lot of fight so we have to be ready,” said full-back Zoom Langwa.
After another road trip, the players are also feeling energized to be playing in front of a home crowd in Halifax.
“We have the best fans in the league by far, so every team that comes here knows that,” said Zachary Sukunda.
The Wanderers first signing said the support pushes the players in every game.
He gave a special mention to Kyle Christensen, who is travelling across the country to Halifax and was actually in the crowd at York in his Wanderers shirt.
“I’m just really grateful we have the fans we have,” Sukunda said “He made the trip to York and he was actually at the Victoria game and I recognized him so I thought I would shake his hand and say thank you.”
Winger Mohamed Kourouma, who scored in both Canadian Championship games against Valour, is back in the squad after recovering from a fever.
South American duo Luis Alberto Perea and Juan Diego Gutierrez are getting closer to action with both now building up their training schedules but not ready for selection yet.
As the club prepares for the next round of the Canadian Championship and the CPL’s fall season, the match could also give a chance for fans to see some players who have had not had many minutes, after a gruelling stretch of games with little rest for the recent starters.
Tickets are still available for the Wanderers vs Valour which kicks off at 7p.m. AST Wednesday at this link.