Words: Thibault Berthier | Image: FNQ FC Heat
Gold Coast City defender Martin Vazquez says the team are only worried about themselves when they take on Sunshine Coast FC this Sunday.
City are looking to record consecutive wins in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues clash at Sunshine Coast Stadium following last week's breakthrough home win over Brisbane City.
Their Sunshine Coast opposition is undefeated this season following back-to-back draws in the opening two rounds against defending Champions Redlands United and SWQ Thunder.
However, Vazquez said he and his City teammates are focused solely on their own performance in Sunday’s match.
“Everyone’s excited and ready to go,” Vazquez asserted confidently.
“Sunshine Coast will be a different team (from last year), apparently they’ve got a few new players.”
“But we’re just worried about ourselves to be honest, it’s the way we play that will get us over the line.”
City claimed their first points of the season in a 2-1 victory over Brisbane City at the Sports Super Centre last Saturday night.
Vazquez said the team was boosted by that result after a disappointing final minute defeat in the opening round against FNQ Heat in Cairns.
“The boys are very hyped about it. It was a good win for us against Brisbane City who are very strong opposition,” Vazquez explained.
“The boys were firing, especially after our loss in Cairns. We bounced back, which is a good thing and now we concentrate on the Sunshine Coast this weekend,."
At the opposition end of the pitch to Vazquez is English striker Sam Smith, who currently leads the team's scoring charts with two goals in as many games.
Smith is one of several off-season recruits for City and Vazquez spoke glowingly of their quick adjustment to the team's style of play.
“They’ve gelled really well into our team, they’re a good bunch of lads,” Vazquez concluded.
A win over Sunshine Coast will likely see City retain their current spot in the top four of the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland ladder.
Playstation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland – Round 3
Sunshine Coast FC v Gold Coast City FC
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Kick-off at 2:00PM
Sunshine Coast Stadium, Bokarina
Gold Coast City FC Squad: 1. Ryan MESKELL, 2. Riley DILLON, 3. Oskar DILLON, 4. Martin VAZQUEZ, 5. Matthew SCHMIDT, 6. Roman HOFMANN, 7. Justyn MCKAY, 8. Curtis STOLLERY (in), 9. Jarrod KYLE, 12. Lochlan REUS, 14. Benjamin LYVIDIKOS, 15. Eoghan MURPHY, 18. Sam KING (in), 20. Joshua LANGDON, 21. Sam SMITH, 22. Jaiden WALKER
Outs: Ethan GRIMLEY, Fraser ELLER