Wollongong FC coach John Turner says his players have another chance to show everyone how serious they are about challenging for the NSW Premier League title in tomorrow's meeting with Bankstown City.
Turner this week told his players they had proven to him that they have the willpower to challenge for the title.
Now he wants them to display that self-belief in front of their fans, starting with the game at Crehan Park.
Away wins over Sydney United and West Sydney Berries in the last two weeks lifted the Wolves into the top three after seven rounds.
"I told the boys on Wednesday they had proven a lot to me in the last couple of weeks," Turner said.
"They had shown they don't just want to go out there and play pretty football, they want to challenge for the title."
With Bankstown and next week's opponents Blacktown City both enduring unusually poor starts to the season, Wollongong have a great chance to move further up the ladder in the coming weeks.
Both sides have one win each, a far cry from the competitive squads they have fielded in recent years.
But Turner said Bankstown's most recent form suggested a tough afternoon for the Wolves.
"They had a draw with (league leaders) Sutherland last week, and from all reports I believe they played pretty well," he said.
"But we need to keep winning the 50-50 challenges like we have in the last couple of weeks."
In the only change to last week's team, Chris Price is out with a knee injury.
Taking his place will be Michael West.
After being one of Wollongong's best players in the opening stages of the season, West was laid low by an ankle injury in recent weeks.
The Wolves will be hoping in-form defenders Tynan Diaz, Ben Blake and Danial Cummins can help keeper Justin Pasfield to what would be a sixth clean sheet in eight matches.
Tomorrow's match will be the first home game featuring Wollongong's new-look strike partnership of Osagie Ederaro and Ilija Prenzoski.
The pint-sized duo have helped Wollongong score four goals in the past two weeks.
"They are only small, but they compliment each other very well," Turner said.
The game kicks-off at 3pm.