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It doesn t always have to be pretty: Coyne
It doesn't always have to be pretty: Coyne

Bayswater City coach Chris Coyne has enjoyed seeing his team return to form in recent weeks but even he would prefer a more direct approach at times.

Coyne’s side go into Saturday’s match against Cockburn City at Frank Drago Reserve with a five-point lead over Perth with just four rounds to play.


But Coyne said his side’s pursuit of perfection is not always to his liking.

“I actually get frustrated at times as we try and over play or score the perfect goal,” he said.

“But the boys have bought into our club footballing philosophy and they try to play for the right reason not just because it looks good.”

It is a busy time for Bayswater, who are favourites to take out the NPL WA title and will face A-League powerhouse Melbourne Victory in a Westfield FFA Cup match at the WA Athletics Stadium on August 19.

Victory sent assistant coach Jean-Paul de Marigny to watch City against Subiaco last week and he must have left with an impressive dossier for coach Kevin Muscat after Bayswater thrashed Subiaco 5-0.

“It speaks volumes of how professional and respectful Melbourne Victory and Kevin Muscat are by sending someone over to the game on the weekend,” Coyne said.

“Hopefully he went away with a few headaches for the game in the next few weeks.”

But Coyne is taking nothing for granted against a Cockburn side that has peaked at the right time of the season.

“We are expecting a tough game against good opposition on Saturday,” he said.

“I have a lot of respect for Marc and his team and I feel they go about the game in the right manner and stroke the ball around well. I look forward to our encounters as they’re always a good spectacle and Saturday promises to be no different.”

Fixtures (all Saturday, 3pm): Inglewood United v Stirling Lions (Intiga Stadium); Perth v ECU Joondalup (Dorrien Gardens); Sorrento v Perth Glory (Percy Doyle Reserve); Bayswater City v Cockburn City (Frank Drago Reserve); Subiaco v Balcatta (WA Athletics Stadium); Armadale v Floreat Athena (Alfred Skeet Oval)

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