With the next two matches against the team Stephen Hart describes as one of the “most polished” in the CPL, the Wanderers players are vowing to fight to try to climb up the standings.
Defender Alex De Carolis said the players pride is on the line, knowing time is running out in the fall season.
The Wanderers face Forge away from home first on Sunday, followed by a quick re-match at the Wanderers Grounds in a rescheduled game on Wednesday night.
“It’s a matter of fighting more and we really have to fight for each other on the field and if we can do that for ninety minutes, I think we can turn our season around,” De Carolis said. “We have to keep fighting until we can’t fight anymore.”
After a spirited effort in the last match at home to FC Edmonton, in which the Wanderers hit 14 shots at goal, coach Stephen Hart has been working with the squad on converting more of those chances.
“We are looking to do as well in the table as possible so we have to take more risks to try and get points, we have to be more clinical in and around the box,” Hart said.
Akeem Garcia, who was the closest to finding the back of the net against Edmonton, believes it’s a matter of time before the team’s luck changes in front of goal.
“We know we need to work on our finishing but we are making chances so we just need to score them. We just have to put it away,” Garcia said.
The striker said there’s a desperation about the squad with eight games to go.
“If we get two or three wins we will be back in contention. The only thing we are focused on is getting back up in the standings,” he said.
It was Garcia who made history against Forge in the club’s memorable sold out home opener when he scored the Wanderers first ever goal in a home win.
The Hamilton based team have since made headlines for the Canadian Premier League with a strong Concacaf champions league campaign.
Goalkeeper Christian Oxner warns on their day, they’re a tough team to beat having already turned the tables against the Wanderers with a 2-0 home win in July.
“They have some players who can unlock a game at any time and given a chance or space to play they have some brilliance but I think we have to stick to what we did against Edmonton and I think we can have success,” Oxner said.
The match kicks off at Tim Hortons Field at 2 p.m. AST and you can watch the game live at One Soccer.
You can also join other Wanderers faithful and watch the match at one of our pub partners.
Athens, Auction House, Durty Nelly’s, Freemans (Downtown, Quinpool, Fairview, Sackville), Hali-Mac Axe Throwing, Niche Lounge and The Pint, will be streaming the match.