Wolves coach Jacob Timpano has implored his men to continue to be ‘ruthless’ at both ends against in-form Sydney Olympic on Sunday as they attempt to seal back-to-back wins to start the new season.
Wollongong began their campaign last weekend in ideal fashion with a convincing 3-1 victory over Parramatta to reignite their status as a finals force in 2017.
But this weekend they will face a sterner test at Belmore Sports Ground against an Olympic outfit who also kicked off their campaign with a strong performance.
Olympic beat Bonnyrigg White Eagles 2-0 in a commanding performance which had Timpano on high alert leading into round two.
“I have watched the DVD of the game and they did play quite well,” he said.
“It is going to be a tough opponent for us but I think we have got off on the right note so I am confident we can go up there and get a result. They look quite dangerous going forward so defensively we have to be strong, which were against Parramatta, but then also in-front of goal if we take our chances in front of goal that we create.
“Us being ruthless at both ends of the park will be a big factor in the game.”
Timpano felt his squad would be brimming with confidence from their last start win over Parramatta in round two, but was left to lament a wet and wild week in the Illawarra that played havoc with the Wolves’ preparation.
“Preparation hasn’t been ideal this week but it is what it is and we just have to continue what we showed last Sunday,” he said.
“Not being able to work on much during the week hasn’t helped but I am confident our boys can back up the performance from last week.”
The round two encounter kicks-off at 3pm on Sunday.