The Mariners are two draws from two matches and sit second behind Kawasaki on the Group H table but will be going out on to their home pitch looking for a win.
"It going to be a big challenge against the Japanese but I think we can rise to the challenge and put our stamp on this group," he told Sportal.
"This is a crucial night or us, we don't want to go to Japan needing a result (to qualify), so if we can get the three points it will make a statement.
"We've really been struggling up front for a while not scoring enough goals and we really haven't been playing well enough as a team, so we really need to get on the scoresheet, that's a must.
"(The game against Tianjin Teda) was a draw of course, but a scoring draw was very important for us to get a few goals and really play our attacking style of game."