Scott Jamieson is remaining wary of Central Coast tonight as Western Sydney aim to keep their A-League premiership dream alive.
The Wanderers are fourth on the ladder, two points behind leaders Melbourne City with two rounds left. They take on wooden spoon certainties the Mariners at Pirtek Stadium this evening.
Jamieson described the clash as a big game for Western Sydney.
“It is, two games to go now and we’ve slipped from first to fourth so that was hard to take,” he told FourFourTwo.
“But with six points on the line now and a few teams playing each other it’s going to be interesting the next few weeks. But the only things we’re interested in is the games we’re playing in.
The Mariners may be last on the A-League ladder but Jamieson believes they will still pose a threat.
“Their problems and their seasons been well documented but you have to take it on face value and you have to respect the fact that they’re a team that’s got individuals that can hurt you,” he said.
“Ferriera, Austin, O’Donovan, they’ve got some attacking threats in them. You have to be wary of a team like this who have nothing to play for now and I’m sure will be thinking of their holidays in a way, but I’m sure they’ll be some boys in there who’ll want to impress the coaching staff and play as if they don’t have contracts.
“They’re an interesting outfit, they’ve got nothing to play for but the futures on the line for them, so they’ll be a threat.
The Wanderers are two points behind City, with Brisbane and Adelaide in second and third place, but they aren’t giving up on capturing the title.
“There’s two games to go and you’ve to be foolish not to think about the premiership,” Jamieson said.
“But the premiership can only get delivered if you win your next two games. It’ll come down to whatever team wins their next two games will go close to winning it.
“Melbourne City are on top and if they win their next two they’ll win it, but there’s a twist or a turn to come. There’s some teams playing each other and there’s no easy games with it building up to the climax.”
Western Sydney went down 2-0 to Melbourne Victory last weekend. Jamieson admits it was a disappointing result but said the belief within his team remains strong.
“They were in the ascendancy after going up in the first three or four minutes, to give a team like the Victory a goal start is always going to be a tough battle,” the 27-year old said.
“We thought we were in the game right up until the second goal, and then we shied away from what we’re about to try to win the game in one action rather than building up what we’re good at.
“That was disappointing in that sense but we as a playing group and as staff still believe in everything we’ve done up until now, and that last half an hour has been positive.
“We definitely feel that it will get us through to hopefully a very positive end to the season.”comments