CQFC Energy team must be ready to play when whistle blows
CQFC Energy skipper Tolu Kayode has urged his players to start tonight's round three National Premier League clash against Brisbane Strikers with a flurry.
The Energy has conceded early goals in their opening two matches of the season, providing their opposition with the opportunity to close up shop, defend for the match and walk away with the two points.
Defender Kayode said the club must be ready to play from the opening whistle in tonight's encounter at Rugby Park - the club's second match at home in 2014.
"It's the start of the games that's hurting us," Kayode said.
"Once we get into games we're fine and we're competing, but we're not starting fast enough.
"It might also be a little bit of nerves too, but that will change as we jel as a team and the season goes on."
After starting the season with back-to-back losses, Kayode said his Energy teammates were determined to record their first points of the season.
"All the boys are psyched up - we want to get some points on the board this weekend," he said.
After failing to trouble the scorers in their 5-0 loss to Palm Beach FC Sharks, the club captain said his players had this week paid particular focus on turning defence into attack to help provide opportunities for their attacking players to find the back of the net.
Kayode has been impressed with the football NPL teams are delivering on a weekly basis.
"I'm liking the challenge. It's what I expected it to be. It's competitive and there's some decent teams that play football the way I think it should be played," he said.
"The game should be played on the floor. The ball should be passed around on the floor and that's the way a lot of the teams play."
Left-back Jake Wilson has been ruled out of tonight's match after a hamstring injury forced him from the field last weekend.
He's expected to be fit for the Energy's round four match against Western Pride next weekend.