FNQ Heat coach Tim Campbell says his side must apply the lessons learned from their Westfield FFA Cup defeat in their push for PlayStation 4 NPL glory.
Heat exited the national knock-out tournament at the Round of 32 stage for the third straight year on Wednesday night after being outclassed 3-0 by PlayStation 4 NPL Northern NSW outfit Edgeworth Eagles.
The result left Campbell – and the 1300-strong Cairns crowd – disappointed, however the Heat gaffer says the silver lining is his charges are now free to focus solely on the task of winning their first PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues silverware.
“I think it would’ve been a distraction if we were still in the cup – thinking about where are we going next, is it home or is it away,” Campbell explained.
“It would be a stretch to think we could win the FFA Cup – not that we didn’t want to win, because of course you do – but now that it’s gone we can focus back on the league.”
“I suppose that if you’re going to lose one then that’s the one to lose, but if we don’t learn the lessons then we will be in trouble in the league.”
With Heat eyeing a return to the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland Finals Series this year, Campbell said his young side would benefit from the experience of playing in front a large crowd with high stakes.
“I think the boys got a bit stage struck last night and no matter how much you try to prepare them it’s hard if you’re not used to that.”
He added, ““Certainly in the first half Edgeworth came out and played really well and stuck with their game plan and we struggled a little bit to execute ours.”
“We regrouped a little bit and first twenty minutes of the second half was our best part of the game. But we needed to score and we just couldn’t create that chance.”
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