Coach hopes video may spur his side to victory

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 01/12/2012

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A video nasty may frighten the Waikato-Bay of Plenty side into the ASB Women's League playoffs tomorrow.

Coach Peter Smith made his charges sit through a video of their 6-0 hammering last weekend from Northern Conference leaders Northern Football at training on Tuesday night.

"For a lot of players it wasn't good viewing, but we used it as a learning tool," Smith said.

"To become a better player you need to learn from your mistakes and we had good discussion about better options players could have taken, so it was good to get positives out of it."

Tomorrow's match against Auckland Football at Links Ave in Mt Maunganui is virtually a knockout encounter, with the victors sealing a playoff spot against Southern Conference leaders Mainland Pride.

The hosts have a one-point lead on their rivals in second spot on the table behind runaway leaders Northern and won their earlier round-robin match in Auckland 5-2 last month.

Smith, however, acknowledged that win wasn't as convincing as the scoreline suggested and wanted his side to concentrate on a few simple tasks.

"It's really important we get back to the basics - don't give the ball away and retain possession. This then gives us a foundation to build team play from."

Smith also wants his troops to ignore the playoff implications.

"We need to look to perform to the best of our ability, if we do that then the outcome takes care of itself."

Smith has named an unchanged squad lineup from that which faced Northern last weekend.

A curtain-raiser between the Waikato under-14 girls and their Auckland Football rivals will be played at 10.30am.

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