Pies still patchy

Up and down Wangaratta aiming for four quarter effort against Raiders

HOT TIP: Wangaratta coach Mark Knoble (right) has backed key forward James Wong (left) to have a big game against the Wodonga Raiders. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

WANGARATTA will enter today’s match against its bottom of the ladder opponent wary, yet coach Mark Knobel is confident his team can register its fourth win of the season.

The Magpies are hosting Wodonga Raiders at the Norm Minns Oval, and after missing out on a gilt-edged opportunity at a victory last week, Wangaratta will be primed to get the four points.

It was a slow start that cost the Magpies last weekend, when they managed just one goal to Myrtleford’s six.

The Saints’ star forward, Kristan Height, booted five of those majors, but Knobel said it was a lack of midfield run, rather than poor defence, that allowed the former Box Hill Hawks captain such latitude.

“Height definitely had an impact, but it was more the delivery he was getting that hurt us,” Knobel said.

“The ball was coming in there far too often.

“He did a great job of protecting the ball drop, took some marks and crumbed a few as well, but it wasn’t so much his one-out brilliance as it was the work of the midfielders.

“We’d had the week off and hadn’t trained, so that (slow start) was always going to be a danger for us.”

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