Liavas looking for change of fortune at Bankstown City FC


Having been at the club for seven solid seasons, Liavas has never seen the club in last position and believes it has been down to two reasons which he exclusively told Football NSW.
?It?s been down to a combination of two things, one being simple errors in parts of the field that have gotten us into trouble. We?ve given and gifted opportunities to our opponents via these errors and these errors have proved costly at the end of the game. You could say it?s been a lapse of concentration.
?Secondly we are low on confidence as we haven?t been in this position in the seven seasons I?ve been involved with the club. As players we are currently finding it hard to adapt to but we know we will have a formula to combat this and get off on the right foot again.
?The potential is there and we have a good mixture of experience and young rising players in our squad and I am confident that with a couple of wins under our belt we can challenge for that fifth spot on the NSW Premier League ladder as everything seems very tight at the moment.?
On a personal level, Liavas has played the majority of the matches but believes he hasn?t been at his consistent best.
?I have to be honest with myself and I know I could have played better in a couple of matches but I know it has been down to confidence and the lack of results which has affected not just me but the rest of the squad.
?The morale in the team is a bit low at the moment but I think we have the potential to lift and kick on once more with potential victories.
?I know I have to continue working hard on my game as I still believe I have a few more years left in me playing at this level.?
The 30-year-old believes that there hasn?t been a standout team as of yet but stated that two clubs have caught his attention.
?It has been a funny year as the competition at the moment seems very tight; you cannot really pick a winner.
?I would say that the teams we?ve come up against so far, Bonnyrigg White Eagles were very convincing against us and they?ve assembled a good squad in 2010.
?The other team that has caught my attention has been the South Coast Wolves who played some really good football and beat us at Jensen Park.
?In my opinion there isn?t such a thing as an easy game anymore as the years go by, teams have strengthened and winning a game now-a-days has become a huge battle.?
One interesting factor about Bankstown?s recent run of poor results has also seen the crowd figures dwindle but Liavas was adamant that the cure for that was winning football matches.
?I know it hasn?t been the best of seasons for our supporters as results have not gone our way and it?s pretty simple, you don?t win matches then expect your crowds to dwindle.
?Bankstown has always been a proud team and I know that if we get that winning feeling back the fans will return.
?I know we?ve got our loyal supporters coming week in week out so we need to repay them with three points and hope we can start this with a positive result against Blacktown City FC this Sunday.?
In previous years battles against old foes Blacktown City FC have always been a sight to see and this Sunday at Lily Homes Stadium, pride and of course three points will again be at stake in the round 11 NSW Premier League clash.
?Matches against Blacktown have always proved to be very tough and physical throughout the years and I see it being no different this weekend.
?I know Blacktown has assembled a number of their former players under Aytek Genc so we are expecting a big battle as there are always personal duels happening on the pitch.
?We understand it will be a difficult game but we won?t make it easy for them as we are hungry to get our momentum back on track and victory against Blacktown can do just that.?
One of Liavas? main aims for this season is to be part of the finals series which is what he and the team?s message has been at the commencement of the 2010 season.
?We?ve only missed out on one finals series in the last seven years so we will be gunning for that fifth spot.
?We understand that as a team we have to make our move now but we need to focus week by week on gaining maximum points from our opponents as the only way is up for us at the present moment.?
-By Mark Stavroulakis