Waikato FC's best chance to win at home

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 09/02/2013

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Waikato FC coach Mark Cossey may have a few tricks up his sleeve as he seeks to rectify a horrible home record.

The club which hosts Manawatu at Porritt Stadium in Hamilton tomorrow haven't won a home game since February 2011.

Cossey has only been in charge since December, overseeing home hammerings from Auckland City and Waitakere United, but is aware of the problems the side has faced in their own backyard.

As well as jokingly suggesting a switch of changing rooms prior to the 2.30pm kickoff, Cossey hinted he may take advantage of having a full squad.

"There may be a few changes to what's not been working, a little bit of a gamble," Cossey said.

In two away trips since the embarrassing 9-1 home defeat to Waitakere, Waikato have shown far greater spirit but weren't rewarded with points from matches against Team Wellington and Canterbury United.

Cossey said that wasn't due to a lack of effort. "They've been training three nights a week, they want to do well.

"The results haven't gone their way but they're not getting paid so I do take my hat off to them.

"They're trying their best - since Waitakere they're definitely trying harder. But if we don't score goals then we don't finish them off and the longer the game goes on we get frustrated and when the opposition score the heads go down."

Cossey is, however, looking for his side to play with better shape and discipline than in recent weeks.

"We've got to be a lot stronger and play the percentages a bit more."

The hosts won't get a better opportunity to get three points at home than against the ASB Premiership's bottom side.

Manawatu have won just once this season, compared to Waikato's two victories - one which came when the two sides clashed in Wellington in early December.

Only three players have scored goals for Manawatu this season - Seule Soromon, Lewis Cumber and Tom Mosquera, with top-scorer Mosquera grabbing seven but he hasn't found the net in the second half of the season.

Cossey doesn't want to believe the visitors will be an easy touch. "They'll be giving the same motivation speeches as me. We want to finish on a high for next season, get three or six more points if we can to give the players a boost and a look-ahead to next season."

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