Melbourne Victory earned a first win of the A-League season last weekend but have yet to take flight - and that's OK by midfield marquee James Troisi.
As far as season openings go, Victory have shown glimpses of the good, bad and ugly in their first three weekends.
A strong derby showing went unrewarded before lapses against Perth in round two meant Victory were again on the loser's list.
In Newcastle last Saturday night, they turned the grand final rematch into a slugfest and were rewarded with three points.
But this Sunday's visit of Central Coast is their first clash where Victory will start heavy favourites, and be expected to win.
Not only are the Mariners coming off a 3-0 home thrashing by Adelaide, they hold a terrible record against Victory.
Under coach Kevin Muscat, Victory have played the Mariners 15 times, and never been beaten - including a run of seven straight losses at AAMI Park.
Troisi said Victory would be relentless on Sunday night in a bid to extend that run.
"We've got to take every game as we're playing a Sydney FC. Every game has to be the same," he said.
"We are at home which is a massive difference. We should make this a fortress.
"We want the three points.
"Last week was a good hurdle, a good start and we want to keep that up."
Muscat hasn't been able to field his first choice XI to date, with several players on the sidelines.
Swedish striker Ola Toivonen has yet to be sighted as he works back from a lower leg injury, while Raul Baena has also dropped out with a hamstring issue.
Stand-in frontman Kenny Athiu is also injured, meaning winger Jai Ingham has been repurposed as a strike partner for Kosta Barbarouses as Toivonen edges closer to availability.
That could come this weekend but in any case Troisi said Victory had the partnerships and ability to get the job done.
"Kosta's dangerous out there," he said.
"He's a handful for any defence. With him and Jai up front ... running in behind, not many centre backs will be able to catch them.
"The first two games we played some fantastic football but didn't get the results ... (but) at the start of the season you don't want to be at your peak, at your top.
"We'll iron out the little creases we had the first two games and continue."