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Wanderers strive to ‘do better’ in Monday homecoming vs FC Edmonton

After being shut out 2-0 on the road at Valour, the Wanderers are setting their sights on turning things around at home in Monday’s Labour Day game against FC Edmonton. 

Coach Stephen Hart is demanding his players “do better” and show more discipline and concentration following Wednesday’s loss, to try to climb the CPL’s fall season standings.

“We are coming home and we have a game under our belt now, so we have to get going,” Hart said.

Midfielder Andre Rampersad said the players have a point to prove to the home fans, after letting the game slip away by conceding two goals in three minutes at the start of the second half at Valour.

Andre Rampersad says the Wanderers players want to play better for the fans on Monday. Photo: ValourFC
Andre Rampersad says the Wanderers want to play better for the fans on Monday. Photo: Valour FC.

“Everybody is angry because I think everybody knows we have to do better,” Rampersad admitted. “We have to try and go on a run now and come out and do our best for the team and the fans.”

The Wanderers number 18 said it’s now critical the team continue to pick up precious points at home with four of the next five matches at the Wanderers Grounds.

“We still have a good record at home where we have got the majority of our points, so we want to keep that going,” he said.

While the Wanderers have been to Edmonton twice, this is the Alberta team’s first trip to Halifax in the Canadian Premier League.

They arrive within touching distance of the top of the table and with Easton Ongaro and Oumar Diouck both on form with six goals each.

“We know Edmonton have a strong physical squad but if we stick to our game plan we can get a result,” said Zoom Langwa.

Zoom Langwa says the players are feeling good about being back in front of the Wanderers Grounds crowd. Photo: Valour FC.
Zoom Langwa says the players are feeling good about being back in front of the Wanderers Grounds crowd. Photo: Valour FC.

The full-back said the players are focused on bouncing back and finding the kind of energy and composure that makes them hard to beat at home. 

“We have a stretch of games where we are at home and we have to try to win as many points as we can,” Langwa said. “It’s exciting to be back at the Wanderers Grounds, it gives us an extra edge and it’s a place where we’ve been much better.”

The Grounds is going to be the place to be for the Wanderers die-hard fans as well as families on Labour Day.

We’re bringing a bouncy castle to Blue Flag Corner for Monday’s match for the kids.

And with another sunny day expected, we’re continuing with our drink specials 45 minutes before kick-off at 2 p.m.

$5 craft beer for 14 oz pours as well as $5 mixed drinks — brought to you by East Coast Spirits — at all the bars around the grounds, including a new one by the patio in front of the kitchen.

Get to the Grounds early, wear blue, cheer loud and get behind the players.

Come on you Wanderers!