ECU need to stand firm says Higgins

ECU need to stand firm says Higgins

Posted on July 11, 2015 in 'News'

ECU Joondalup skipper Jon Higgins has made a welcome return to the starting line up in recent weeks, but he said they need to stand firm and battle through their form slump.

The skipper missed a month of football due to injury but is back to full fitness now. “Yes the ankle injury is OK,” he said. “I got a fairly decent whack on it against Armadale and tore ligaments, but it’s all good now.”

In the last two games ECU has conceded late goals to lose games and Higgins said last week’s loss at Bayswater was tough on them. “It wasn’t the greatest felling going back to the rooms with two losses, knowing the boys competed well and were absolutely top shelf all over the park,” he said. “All clubs going to Bayswater would take a point, so to concede so late was a little hard to deal with, knowing we were so close.”

Even though they lost the games it showed they can match it with the best in the league and Higgins said he has been delighted with the way the side has performed. “We been really happy with the overall performance the last two weeks,” he said. “I say it to the lads each week, as long as the effort is there you can’t really ask for much more. The boys have been top class from keeper to the lads up top; results will change if we keep showing the same commitment as we have in the past couple of weeks.”

While the club has struggled in the league without a number of senior players, including Higgins, it’s been good to see the younger players step up, and he hopes it continues. “We haven’t had much luck with injuries this year but all clubs have the own problems so it is good to see the younger boys come in and perform well,” he said. “ECU have produced some cracking young players, the lads both young and old all get along real well and you just hope some of the old boys have a positive effect on the youngster and their experience is taken in.”

This week ECU travel to Balcatta for a vital game, with the bottom three on the table only separated by three points. “Balcatta this week is a huge game, and three points is a must, we can’t afford to leave with anything less,” he said. “We have almost forgotten what it feels like to win and not only that but a win lifts all the people involved at the club too.”