JOSH Fluss will make changes this week in a bid to shake Melrose out of its slumber.
Considered one of the league and cup favourites at the start of the year the Lavington club is now two wins behind Twin City after a 2-0 loss to Myrtleford on Sunday.
The Melrose coach said this week’s training sessions had spared no one ahead of the clash with fellow top-four aspirant Boomers.
Fluss said they were simply outplayed at Savoy Park last week.
“We couldn’t keep the ball, our touch was all over the place and we didn’t take our chances,” he said.
“The only positive was that we were still able to create chances, but we just couldn’t finish them.
“Myrtleford had a game plan and stuck to it.
“But that was by far and away our worst performance. Prior to that we weren’t too inconsistent, even in the loss to Twin City we dominated in patches.
“We will make changes this week and Tuesday night’s training session was a bit of a wake up call for a lot of the boys.
“But you could see by their body language on Sunday that they were shattered so you don’t need to say too much.
“The biggest thing for us is that we bounce back straight away.”
Fluss admitted he was surprised by Boomers’ 5-0 thrashing of league and cup champions Diamonds last week.
“I certainly didn’t expect that scoreline — I understand they created four chances in 10 minutes and took every one of them,” he said.
“We won’t take too much out of that — we know how they play.
“They are a well-drilled team, like to keep the ball but you don’t expect them to score five goals.”
Fluss said he would change at least one of his players in Melrose’s attacking third.
“We set ourselves to score goals, even on a bad day and that didn’t happen last week,” he said.
“I don’t think I would be doing my job, given our depth and the way the seconds are going, if I didn’t make changes.
“Other people have been playing well and deserve their chance.”