New Knight puts the pressure on
SIGNING promising Western Spirit defender Alex Anderson is just what Ipswich Knights coach Ian Carson wanted.
It will apply pressure to some key Knights players.
Preparing for tonight’s Division 1 away game against Pine Rivers United, the Knights have secured Anderson, who was unhappy with his football at Spirit.
“He’ll play Reserves Saturday night. That puts pressure on all the players,” Carson said, welcoming Anderson to the Bundamba-based club.
“He’s a quality player, a good acquisition.
“There’s no easy ride into the team. He’s got to earn his spot.
“But if we are lacking somewhere, I’ll put him (Anderson) straight in. I can see him in the middle somewhere.”
After a disappointing 2-1 loss to Pine Rivers last weekend, Carson is keen for his team to regain its trademark consistency.
He said a strengthened squad should help his top-line players focus.
“I just need pressure on my back four and midfield,” he said.
“When they fire, I don’t have a problem. But we’re not going forward as we should. We’re not scoring goals and we’re leaking goals.
“Pressure is a good thing.
“Alex approached me which I’m grateful for and I certainly won’t hesitate in using him.”
Western Spirit coach Nev O’Sullivan hoped Anderson found what he was looking for at the Knights.
“I’m disappointed he’s going sideways and not up,” O’Sullivan said. “It’s his choice. He’s got to start again.”
However, O’Sullivan has a ready-made replacement in last year’s player/co-coach Troy Wickstein.
After retiring at the end of last season, Wickstein is expected to slot into Anderson’s usual role for tomorrow’s catch-up clash with Moggill at Kippen Park.
Wickstein has been playing up front for the Spirit Reserves in recent weeks, scoring five goals.
However, the former state league player has been a handy utility for the club.
“I’ve got back-up. It’s all about a squad thing,” O’Sullivan said.
“Troy is probably the best sweeper in the league.”
Spirit go into the match having lost to Moggill 1-0 last weekend.
Spirit will be without top striker Phil Randal (one-week suspension) and defender Richie Armstrong (resting his calf muscles).
But O’Sullivan is excited to have players like Jay Kitching and Steve Lennon ready to return to top grade.
Tomorrow’s main game at Goodna is at 5pm.
Where regional teams are playing this weekend:
Tonight: 7pm – Ipswich City (13th) v Southside Eagles (11th) at Sutton Park, Brassall; Pine Rivers United (7th) v Ipswich Knights (3rd) at Wendy Allison Park, Pine Rivers.
Tomorrow: 5pm – Western Spirit (5th) v Moggill (4th) at Kippen Park, Goodna.