Attack-minded McColl warns Adelaide of all-out APIA assault

APIA Leichhardt won't be a taking a backward step in their blockbuster FFA Cup clash against Adelaide United with coach Billy McColl determined to deliver more entertainment.

The Tigers reached the Quarter Finals for the first time in their history with a heart-stopping 3-2 upset of Melbourne Victory last month.

Another chance to knock off Hyundai A-League opposition presents itself at Leichhardt Oval on Wednesday night and the modest McColl is empowering his players to take the game to Adelaide.

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"When I came in to coach the side I explained what I want from players, explained what my philosophy is and if you're a part of my philosophy you can achieve whatever you want to achieve because the kids on the park win the games not me," McColl said.

"I put on a few training sessions and pick the side.

"But you put everyone in the right frame of mind to deliver on the park, and what I want to deliver is what they want to deliver – entertaining, attacking soccer.

"Not going out there and parking the bus and trying to sneak a result.

"I'd rather go out there and get pumped 5-0 having a go than trying to come off with a narrow defeat and taking some type of satisfaction for that.

"What we want to do is play the big boys and play them at their own game: attacking football."

Tasuku Sekiya was the star of a famous result against Victory, striking twice to help topple the reigning Hyundai A-League Champions.

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The end of the NPL New South Wales season has since brought an opportunity to attend to "niggling injuries" in the squad, although McColl is adamant the next hurdle will be even tougher than the last.

"Nobody thought we could beat Melbourne and that was absolutely brilliant," he said.

"People think that Adelaide will be a foregone conclusion.

"I've told the boys and I've told anyone who prepared to listen – Adelaide will be harder than Melbourne because they've trained little bit longer and they know what happened to Melbourne, so they're going to be better prepared than they were in the last round."

Springing another surprise would see the Tigers became one of two Member Federation clubs to reach the Semi Finals in a year that has also seen Bentleigh Greens stun Wellington Phoenix.

"The FFA Cup has been brilliant for the smaller clubs because it's just given everyone the opportunity to play against the big boys and in years to come this will be the best competition that we have in the country," the APIA boss added.