Our best chance
Cup now best opportunity for success this season - coach Pouria Nabi
CUP football is back at Wolter Park tomorrow night - this time it’s ACE in action.
The Canale Cup is down to the quarter-finals with ACE taking on BPL rivals Easts, kick-off 7.30pm.
After last week’s Premier League defeat at Mitchelton, focus on the Canale Cup has sharpened for coach Pouria Nabi and his squad.
ACE have already beaten Easts (1-0) at Wolter Park this season in the Premier League and drawn (1-1) in the return at Heath Park.
“The cup is probably the best chance now for ACE to enjoy this season,” said Pouria.
“We have an opportunity to go further in this competition, but we need to get the job done.”
And the “responsibility” for that rests with the coach. “As head coach I take the whole responsibility for the ACE results,” said Pouria. “That is my responsibility.
“In terms of team performance, in some crucial moments this season, we have not had the depth (in the squad) and at times that has affected results.”
The two main examples being the injury-time equalisers by Mitchelton (2-2) and Peninsula Power (1-1) at Wolter Park this season. Pouria said he “expected the boys to play for 96-97 minutes”.
The ACE coach also highlighted how seasons can hinge, turn or be impacted by one game, or part of game.
ACE went down 2-1 at Mitchelton on Saturday, hitting the woodwork twice and failing to convert a number of chances.
“We have worked hard for 10 months and small things, decisions, can go against us – and cost us. They can affect the outcome of matches and the season,” said Pouria.
“These can be hard to take. They can be very frustrating, whether it is something our players do, I do, or the referee does. Ten months hard work can be affected.”
“But we have a job to do again against Easts and we must look to do this job well.”
ACE will be without Takeru Saito who was red carded at Mitchelton.