Goran Stajic says his brave team must continue playing with freedom against Armadale on Saturday (April 7) as we look to get our first back to back wins for the season. “For us to have the chance of winning we need to keep feeling free especially at home with our amazing supporters. If we do that we will enjoy the game and perform to our best”.
Balcatta’s progression since Stajic took over the reigns last season with a few fixtures to go has been challenging yet rewarding. Stajic resents the suggestion that success can only be measured in trophies or the scoreboard, saying he is part of a club project to establish Balcatta as one of the strongest clubs in the WA NPL. They survived relegation on the final day of last season with a limited budget, almost beat Perth Glory in round two this season and have beaten 2018 Night Series finalists Subiaco last week convincingly and the clash with an experienced Armadale side offers another chance to move the club a step closer to that goal.
Asked what he could ultimately achieve at the club, Stajic refused to be drawn into the question. “We can’t set a limit that would be very foolish of me but I am a high achiever with no expectations. However I also know that I don’t set any minimums,” the 44-year-old said. “We improved heaps since that Mandurah game last season you can see that the team is more mature and more competitive with every session and game we play.” There is a feeling that Stajic and his coaching staff are on the cusp of something special, but he urges caution, preferring to concentrate solely on the job in hand against a club who have also been competitive and have taken vital points in the season so far.
“I think we have a very good opportunity, but in football you need to earn things, make it happen ” he said. “Tomorrow, we are going to face one of the best defensive teams in the league so far but we are a brave team with very positive players that love the challenge and tomorrow is a massive challenge. We are going to compete and at the same time enjoy it, because football is a game to enjoy. We need to believe we can win, then what happens will be the measure of our performance.”