Western Sydney Wanderers boss Josep Gombau has urged his side to lift the effort and believes they'll need to fight hard if they are to get a vital three points against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
The Wanderers are only just holding on to their spot in the top six, one point ahead of both Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory.
By the time they kick-off on Saturday night, they could be as low as eighth, meaning they'll need a huge performance against Kevin Muscat's side.
The Red & Black come into the clash after a disappointing result and performance against City, one which Gombau says the team needs to improve on quickly.
"Last week against City wasn't good. I don't think we played well and the effort that we put on the park wasn't there," Gombau said.
"It's something that we need to improve on this week if we want to get a result.
"We need to concentrate, we need to run more and we need to do things well."
Looking ahead to Saturday's huge match against Victory, Josep addressed the team's recent efforts and highlighted the importance of getting a result from this trip.
"We spoke a lot with the boys and it's something we have addressed (the team's effort).
"For me, it wasn't tactics, it's more mental. We need to be strong, work hard and fight.
"We're preparing for a big game. The last three games will be very important games for us as we want to be in the finals.
"Training has been good and we are ready to go."