DEMON KNIGHTS are sitting in second position on the Northern Inland Premier League ladder, but after a 2-all draw with South Armidale on Saturday, only one point now separates the two teams with three games remaining in the season.
The South Armidale side took control of the game early on and Demon Knights coach Alan Waddle said it was hard for his side to match their fire in the first half at the Rologas field.
“Souths played a much better game in the first half and they really made it difficult for us,” he said.
Going into the break at half time the score was level at 1-all and Waddle said his team needed to capitalise on the opportunities they were creating in attack.
“We can play much better football than we did in the first half and at the break I told the team that we really needed to step it up and really focus on gaining control, which they did.”
Waddle said his side’s performance in the second half was much improved.
“We played a much better game in the second half and when we scored I really thought we would be able to hold on to a 2-1 won lead,” he said.
“In saying that, we created lots of opportunities that we just didn’t seem to be able to capitalise on.”
The last time the two sides met earlier this season the result was also a draw at nil-all and Waddle said that Saturday’s game was a reflection of two the most evenly matched sides in the Premier League’s northern conference .
“We may be sitting just ahead of Souths on the ladder, but Saturday’s game was a fair result,” he said
“We did play a much better game in the second half, but strength of Souths in the first half didn’t necessarily mean we deserved to win.”
With only three games left before heading into the finals, Waddle’s side are looking to stay focused on each game the same way.
“We need to approach every game with the same focus no matter who we are playing,” Waddle said.
“We need to play our best football each and every time that we take to the field if we want to be considered serious contenders in the finals.”
In other Premier League northern conference games North Armidale have again cemented their place at the top of the ladder after defeating Joeys FC 3-nil in Inverell.
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