Northcote City coach Goran Lozanovski believes his side has a bit more work to go before he can be satisfied that they’ve turned the corner, after an inconsistent patch of form.
Last season’s Victorian Premier League champions battled hard to prevail 3-0 over a spirited Goulburn Valley Suns last weekend, the home side did not have it their own way for long periods throughout the encounter.
A touch of luck and some wasteful GVS finishing allowed City to land the first blow and then go on to almost wrap the game up at half time.
The win over its plucky opponent pleased Lozanovski, who was mindful of the banana peel GVS threatened to be for his side in the lead up to the match.
“Going into the game, we knew that it was going to be a tough game and they were desperate to get their second win for the year and we started off shaky, but worked our way back into the game,” Lozanovski said.
“It wasn’t pretty in the first 15-20 [minutes]. We were probably a bit fortunate but that’s going to happen. Teams are going to create opportunities, especially on our pitch which isn’t probably the best at the moment.
“But we have to deal with that and ride our luck to a certain degree and hopefully put a bit of scoreboard pressure.”
A topsy-turvy season to date has been a far cry from the consistency and stability that was largely responsible for last year’s conquest, making the former Socceroo’s job all the more difficult.
The 40-year-old is remaining upbeat though despite the circumstances and is hopeful of a return to more familiar times.
“It’s one of those seasons where you’re hoping to turn the corner,” he explained.
“But we need to make sure that whoever we come up against, that were switched on for 90 minutes, so the ladder right now is quite tight.
“I’m hoping that we have turned the corner, but I’ll tell you that we have in a month’s time if we’re unbeaten.”