MELBOURNE Victory defender Diogo Ferreria is confident that his team can put together a winning performance against the Central Coast Mariners in their A-League clash at Aurora Stadium tonight.
The 23-year-old right back has played 31 games over three seasons with the Victory and said his side would be focusing on its own game rather than worrying about the opposition.
"I'm fairly confident and obviously we know they are a strong team and are on top for a reason, but I think if all goes well we can definitely put together a good performance," he said.
"If we stick to our structure and play our style of football, I think we can get a positive result and that's what we will be doing - focusing on ourselves."
Ferreria has taken on a new role under Victory coach Ange Postecoglou this season and said the coach had changed the team's game style.
"I'm playing right back at the moment and it's a bit of a new position for me.
"I've played quite a few games there this year and slowly, slowly, every week it's getting a bit better."
He felt there was still plenty of improvement to be had in his own form but said playing in a new position meant adapting to tactical changes, which took time.
Ferreria had a taste of playing A-League finals with Victory in his inaugural season of 2010-11 when it was knocked out in the first round - but was hopeful of doing much better this season.
"It hasn't been the best ride for us - we've had a lot of different coaches and our performances in the last couple of seasons haven't been the best, but under Ange we are starting to play some good football and it is definitely noticeable.
"Anyone who has watched us play in previous years and watched us this year will know that the style is completely different.
"It's all about playing an attacking, attractive style that's good for us and obviously good for the fans as well.
"They're the team with the least goals conceded and we're the team with the most goals scored, so it should be an interesting one.
"But all going well, I think our strikers can cause them some trouble."
He expected plenty of support in today's game against the Mariners from Victory supporters travelling from Melbourne to Launceston plus the club's Tassie fans.
"We know we're got a lot of support out there and hopefully all those who came out and supported us in our preseason clash against Adelaide will be there on Saturday night," Ferreria said.