BYRON Hassall is confident his CQFC Energy side will step up to the challenge this National Premier League season after more positive results on the field over the weekend.
In a wet clash at CQUniversity on Saturday night, Central Queensland Energy drew with Gladstone's Clinton FC 1-1.
But experienced utility player Hassall said Energy should have won the match.
"The score line didn't reflect the game," he said.
"We dominated, and really the score should have been bigger.
"We controlled the game and the ball to the point where if we wanted to go left or right we could just do it."
Innocent Taban scored a goal for Energy early but in the final stages of the match, but Clinton hit back to level.
Hassall said the Clinton goal, from about 30 metres out, was unstoppable.
"One good strike from them got through, and that was it," he said.
"None of our goalies could have stopped it."
Hassall credited fellow players Jake Wilson and Jordan Miller for their on-field displays.
"There were good runs out wide from Jake Wilson and Jordan Miller, but it was really an overall team effort," he said.
With six pre-season hit-outs now under their belt, Hassall said CQFC was looking strong for the new season.
"The team is looking really good, and we're really coming together at the moment," he said.
"We can control the game, the ball and the tempo, and we have key players in each part of the field.
"If there's anything we have to work on at training this week, it would be to control the ball - not give it away too easily.
"You work too hard to get the ball to want to rush it and lose it."
The Energy line up against Southside United at Saturday, before taking on Clinton again on February 22.