Luke Wilkshire doesn't need to be reminded about what happened a year ago.
His Wolves entered the NSW National Premier League finals series as raging hot favourite, having run away with the premiership during the regular season.
A shock loss to APIA Leichhardt followed, before Sydney United 58 eliminated Wollongong with a stunning 2-1 victory.
The two teams will go at it again in sudden-death football on Sunday, the Wolves to host their fierce rivals at Albert Butler Park with a spot in the grand final on the line.
"We're all looking forward to this game," Wilkshire said. "It's the business end of the season. Every week and every game is an opportunity, this is another one for us to show the quality of this squad.
"If you don't want to play semi-finals, you shouldn't be in the game. It shouldn't take much to get up for these games, especially given the way we went out last year. That adds a little bit extra to it."
The Wolves have enjoyed finals success since the loss to United, the side taking out the 2019 NPL national finals series.
Having learnt a number of lessons about the intensity of sudden-death football, Wilkshire said his squad is ready to make amends for last year's defeat.
"We still played well in the semi-finals, we just weren't ruthless enough, we were a little bit casual at times.
"Anyone who watched that game last year would know we were the better team. At the end of the day, you only remember the results. That's what's important when it comes to semi-finals.
"Everyone's aware there are no second chances. If you drop a point or game during the season you can make it up. We've seen this year what every little moment means.
"The way we lost the premiership, we need to make sure we don't experience that in these finals."
The Wolves endured a tough road trip to United earlier this season, the side falling 3-1.
It was a match in which numerous stars missed through injury and illness, while young striker Bul Juach suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle late in the game.
The clash was most notable, however, for the absence of Thomas James.
Having controversially left the Perth Glory's A-League bubble, the Englishman was denied a release that would have allowed him to play in the game.
That denial came at the same time the club granted United's Yianni Perkatis an immediate release, the midfielder lining up in his team's win.
The incident left Wilkshire furious at the time and he has noticed an added dose of enthusiasm from James heading into the semi-final.
"I don't think he had his best game last weekend, but we've seen a different Thomas James this week at training.
"He's been lively and bubbly, that's a good sign. He's itching to go.
"These are the occasions where the big-game players step up and make the big plays. That's what we'll see from Thomas."