Knights focus on chance to boost club standings
A WEEK after getting some players back and looking more settled, the Ipswich Knights have lost a key trio for tonight's important away match.
The Knights head to the University of Queensland with Devon Munn, Dale Robinson and Ben Hunt suspended.
However, coach Stewart Drinkeld is confident he has the depth to beat bottom team UQ in the Brisbane Premier League clash.
"We'll be fine. We'll be competitive,'' Drinkeld said, getting used to what seems a weekly jigsaw puzzle finalising his top team.
One player welcome back is livewire striker Emmanuel 'Izy' Peter, who has been overseas training with the South Sudan national team.
"I'm just waiting to see how he pulls up with jetlag,'' Drinkeld said. "It wouldn't be the easiest trip to come back.''
Drinkeld was also keen to see his team receive some more luck after losing 2-0 to Albany Creek in last Sunday's BPL clash.
"I was bitterly disappointed with the result,'' he said. "We should have done a lot better.
"The boys just didn't switch on in the first half.''
Despite failing to finish off goal scoring opportunities, Knights newcomer Ryan Faichnie showed promising signs after switching from Capalaba.
"He's nice and sharp and nippy around the ball,'' Drinkeld said.
"Hopefully we get 90 minutes out of him.''
James MacArthur is also likely to start tonight.
While winning in top grade is a priority, the club's Reserves, under-18 and under-16 teams also have a chance to build vital points.
"This weekend is important because of where UQ are at,'' Drinkeld said.
"If we can win the majority of the four games, it puts a gap between us, which will be good.''
The Knights BPL side is in ninth place with five wins and a draw.
UQ is last with two wins and two draws.
Brisbane Premier League: Tonight (8.30pm) - Ipswich Knights v UQFC at University of Qld. Reserves at 6.30pm.