Thwaite, who has enjoyed a move into the midfield this season, has revealed that Gold Coast's target all season was to finish in the top two teams and they are now just one step away from achieving that goal despite a loss to Wellington Phoenix last week.
"We would be very disappointed with anything less than a top two finish, it's been our goal for the whole year," he said.
"It's not necessary to bounce back, I think our form has been good the last six or seven weeks and we've shown that with results, we are still playing well it was just that one decision didn't go our way."
Thwaite added that this was the time of year when good players start to stand up and he believes the United squad has plenty of them on the eve of the play-offs.
"Some of our outstanding and attacking players are starting to show a lot of character coming into the finals," he concluded.