WAGGA City Wanderers coach Ross Morgan knows there's no more second chances, drilling into his team to ignore last-placed Brindabella's position on the table before a must-win clash at Gissing Oval on Saturday.
Now seven points outside the National Premier League ACT division two top four, the Wanderers have a chance to put on some pressure when they play the bottom three teams their next three games.
Morgan said they can't afford any more slip ups and has reminded his team they didn't have everything their own way in a 2-1 win over the Blues in Canberra earlier this year.
"If we've got any chance of making finals, we need nine points from the next three games," Morgan said.
"We had a tough game against Brindabella last time, we didn't take our chances and it could have been a lot easier. That will be the key this weekend.
"They've got to travel, we've got to get a score on the board early and make it easier for ourselves."
Morgan said creating goal-scoring chances hasn't been an issue all season, putting the onus on the team to improve lapses in defence.
"We've shown most games we're creating chances, we haven't gone many games without scoring," Morgan said.
"I don't have a worry there, it's about keeping tight at the back and making sure we finish what we create."
The suspended Caylum Barber will miss another game, but the Wanderers welcome back under-18 eligible Luke Stevens, an attacker learning the first grade ropes at wing back.
"It's a good place to learn for a young kid," Morgan said.
"Zach (Pinney) has stepped up and played a lot of first grade this year, had really matured and put in a good performance last week.
"We'll keep giving the young guys their chances because they work hard."
Saturday's match kicks off at 3pm.