BUILDING momentum for finals is Launceston's aim as it chases a victory over Devonport in their State League game at Aurora Stadium today.
The Blues have lost their past two matches against North Hobart and Burnie after an eight-game winning run and coach Brennan Savage wants his side to get back on the positive side of the ledger against the Magpies.
"It would be nice get some sort of momentum going heading into finals and obviously Devonport have beaten us once this year," Savage said.
"They are coached really well and have some terrific young Mariners contingent of quality players."
Savage said the Blues midfield was reactionary to what Burnie dictated to them last week and said his team needed to "go harder for longer in a lot of areas - especially in the middle".
"I've spoken to our midfield about it, but it's also our forward line and back line that have to keep in the game for 100 minutes, otherwise we find ourselves lapsing in concentration and getting scored against.
"That's been a real focus for us that we know what stage the game is at at any point in time, and it is incumbent on everyone out there to have the same mindset, so we're getting better."
The Blues were happy that Sonny Whiting and Scott Stephens got through last week's game against Burnie.
Savage said both would be better for that run and for playing on York Park today, with finals only two weeks away.