Wolves to step up against Olympic


Having accumulated seven of their current total of eight points away from WIN Stadium, Wolves? coach Trevor Morgan will be looking to add to their tally at Olympic.
After a slow start to their NSW Premier League Campaign, Pat Marando?s men returned to winning ways against West Sydney Berries in Round 8.
With this result in mind Morgan has refused to underestimate the ability of Olympic, instead placing emphasis on his squad?s ability to step up a notch to counter quality opposition.
?They had a good win on the weekend, despite a poor start prior to that,? said Morgan.
?We play our best football against the best teams; even if we don?t win all those games.?
?We went close against Bonnyrigg, we did well to get a draw against Blacktown, we went very close in our 2-1 loss to Marconi, and against Sydney United we earned a draw.?
?That?s the top four teams in this league.?
?If they (Olympic) play well that?s probably a good thing for us as we?ll always strive to match the level they?re at.?
While Morgan is wary of the threats posed by key Olympic players ? such as the attacking flair of Matthew Mayora and invaluable experience of German midfielder Andre Gumprecht ? he does not plan make unnecessary plans to counter individual talent.
?To be honest I don?t think we can afford to,? said Morgan.
?We played them in pre season and had to make certain changes to our structure.
?Gumprecht played on the right, and Mayora wasn?t in form last we played but wasn?t in form during pre season but did score last week and is always a player we?d have to be aware of.
?I think we have got to focus on our structure. I?m not too fussed on unnecessarily nailing individual players,? continued Morgan.
Morgan believes his squad is shaping up well for the encounter, despite the absence of injured central defender Dave Abel.
?Dave (Abel) still has quite a few weeks yet, I don?t think we?ll see him this half of the round,? said Morgan.
?It?s obviously a loss; he had a great start and looked to be shaping up for a real good season.?
With Abel out of contention for the match Morgan believes his squad has the depth to cover injuries of this nature, with Greg Valic on hand to partner Alex Mansueto in the centre of defence.
Aside from calculated alterations to his formation, Morgan has not made drastic alterations to his starting line up throughout his 2010 campaign, and fans can expect more of the same for Sunday?s match.
 ?There may possibly be some changes from last week?s line up, but we have got a couple of guys with knocks so we?ll have to wait and see,? said Morgan.
?There weren?t any major problems with any of the personnel in terms of them playing how I want them to.?
?I think we were just a bit flat last week, whichever way we go on Sunday I think we will be sharper than last weekend,? Morgan added.
Unfazed by the absence of his key defender, Morgan remains confident in his side?s ability to match their opponents on the road.
?We have been fortunate on the road,? said Morgan.
?We will certainly be going to Belmore with the intention of winning the game.?
Sydney Olympic host South Coast Wolves at 3pm on Sunday April 25th at Belmore Sports Ground.
-By Michael Shoolman