Words: Thibault Berthier | Image: Sportspics
Gold Coast City defender Martin Vazquez says confidence is high amongst his teammates ahead of their Westfield FFA Cup clash with SWQ Thunder on Wednesday.
After defeating Gold Coast Knights on Saturday, City’s cup run continues as they travel to Clive Berghofer Stadium for the Westfield FFA Cup preliminary round 6 clash.
Vazquez said that confident is high in the City camp and that discipline is key to his side’s success.
“We should go in very confident, the last few games we haven’t lost, reason being is because we’ve been so disciplined, we’ve just got to keep it going,” Vazquez said.
“Discipline is a big thing, Grae always talks about the importance of it and how it leads to consistency week in week out.”
City come into the match in good form, notching up back to back wins and clean sheets in recent outings against Brisbane Olympic and Knights.
Vazquez says his sides hard work on defensive discipline in training is paying off.
“Defending is a whole team thing, we’ve been working on it a lot, it’s been obviously working as it shows a lot in our results, we’ve conceded the least goals of any side in the competition.”
“It all comes back to discipline if we work hard for each other we won’t have a problem, we know that if we don’t concede goals we’ll likely get a result, we’ll score goals every game,” Vazquez said.
SWQ Thunder who currently sit 11th on the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland ladder qualified for this stage of the competition courtesy of a 3-0 win in their Preliminary Round 5 encounter with USQ FC.
Vazquez said his side are purely focused on themselves ahead of Wednesday’s fixture.
“We never doubt our opposition, we always go into a game as if it’s our last game, I’ve heard they’ve got a new coach and a few new players but that won’t change the way we play, we’ll just do what we have to and go from there.”
Having last played on Saturday, City face a short turn around ahead of Wednesday’s road trip to Toowoomba.
Vazquez says the short turn around won’t be a problem for his side.
“We’re used to it, we’ve been doing it the last couple years now since the FFA Cup’s been in, we’ll focus on recovery, we all had a good recovery session on Sunday and again on Monday.”
“A few of the players didn’t play last week, our whole bench are starting quality players so that’s a positive for us, if someone does pull up a bit sore or injured we can slot someone in straight away because of our depth.”
The match will be stream LIVE on the Gold Coast City FC official Facebook page and shown live on the big screen at the Palm Beach SC clubhouse.
Vazquez who has family in Sydney said the stream provides a fantastic opportunity for the football community.
“It’s really good, my family in Sydney got together to watch the game against Knights because of the livestream."
"It keeps everyone who follows football updated, it’s good to have it out there and show what were all about,” Vazquez concluded.
The winner of Wednesday’s match will face Caloundra FC for a place in the national Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.
Westfield FFA Cup – Preliminary Round 6
SWQ Thunder FC v Gold Coast City FC
Wednesday, May 10 | 8:00PM
Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba
LIVESTREAM via Gold Coast City FC – fb.com/gccityfc