Tarrawanna custodian Christian Pretto is desperate for improvement from his side when they meet Port Kembla in the Illawarra Premier League preliminary final at Wetherall Park on Sunday.
Fresh from starring in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out win over Wollongong United, the skipper knows the Blueys need to play at their peak to compete against the League Championship winners and secure a spot in the grand final.
"We definitely need our best this week," Pretto said.
"Consistency has definitely been a biggest thing this year, and probably [the] previous couple of years.
"We play good for a couple of weeks then we hit a lull and we don't play good at all so for us we need to find some consistency pretty quickly otherwise our season is going to be over."
The Blueys were one of just two teams to defeat Port in the regular season and will need to emulate that form in the knockout fixture after underwhelming performances in the finals to date.
"We have done enough to scrape through the last couple of weeks but looking at it Port have been the form side all year," Pretto said.
"They won 16 in a row. Coming up against a side like that you sort of don't know how it is all going to play out.
"They have got a lot of attacking weapons all over the park and they're quite good defensively as well, so they are going to be very difficult to break down."
To make things harder for Tarrawanna, hard-working midfielder David Hartas and creative attackers Blaise Gassin and Ricky Goodchild missed training due to injury.
Pretto hopes the break helps the regular first-team players last for the entire knockout fixture.
"We have to play for 90 minutes," Pretto said.
"Last time we played them they got the hop on us in the first 10 seconds so we need to start well. They play 90 minutes, week in week out; they have won games in the last five or 10 minutes on a few occasions so that is something that we need to match tomorrow.
"That's what it's about in finals football - matching their intensity," he said.
The winner of tomorrow's match meets Bulli in the grand final at WIN Stadium.
"We definitely want to play at WIN Stadium; it is definitely the showpiece down here to play on. To get the opportunity to do that would be fantastic, it is an amazing surface so we will just have to see how we go on Sunday then look forward after that," he said.