Match Preview: Crunch clash with Mandurah awaits UWA

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The boys in green will be looking to put last week's home defeat to league-leaders Gwelup behind them this Saturday when they host Mandurah City.

A dominant first-half went unrewarded and the team was made to pay with two late goals from Gwelup, but skipper Josh Marocchi remains confident the boys can find their winning touch again.

"We were desperately unlucky with some of the refereeing decisions last week," he said. "There were a couple of clear penalty decisions waved away, which hurt us.

"We've shown enough to be amongst the top sides, but we'll face very spirited Mandurah side this Saturday at The Mac.

"City have shown strong improvement over the past few weeks, so we need to be top of our game to get the result. They will be solid across the pitch and will look to get in behind our defence, so we're expecting a tight encounter."

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Uni will face a difficult task this week as they find themselves without key players Tim Robertson and Conor Devlin through suspension, while Luke Randazzo recovers from a bruised lung sustained against Gwelup and Andrew Xydas is over East.

Despite the extended list of big names missing the fixture, Marocchi insists the squad can still get the job done again against Mandurah following a 3-0 win against the side earlier in the season.

"Injuries, suspensions and holidays all allow for the next man to step up. We need a win, and we have a large squad for a reason.

"Everyone will need to fulfil their role and it's a chance for those players to stake their claim on a position for the rest of the season. We all need to believe we can achieve the desired result on the weekend.

"We're in a position now where we can't afford to give away points. It will be a challenge on Saturday, but we must continue to go into every game looking for three points."

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