Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ferguson: Glory must end our run

Ian Ferguson will tell his Perth Glory players they must end a wretched run in Queensland against basement club Gold Coast United on Sunday to be taken seriously as Grand Final contenders (Live soccer betting: Gold Coast United 11/4 draw Soccer betting tips: 12/5 Perth Glory evens - bet365 90 minutes).

The Skilled Park strugglers have proved a thorn in the side for the likes of table-toppers Central Coast and play-off hopefuls Newcastle Jets in recent weeks, and Ferguson takes the view they are dangerous because they have nothing but pride to play for.

Glory have their own agenda going into the cross-country clash on the east coast and can guarantee a first home play-off final by collecting three points.

Perth could mathematically overtake the Mariners and Roar and finish first or second, and Ferguson stressed there was no margin for error.

"If we want to go on and try to get to Grand Finals then there's certain games you have to win and this is one of them," Ferguson said.

He added: "Even though we've reached our target of top six, we're not happy to just accept that. We want to go on and do the best we can and aspire to better things. The challenge is there for everybody.

"Considering we've only reached the finals twice in seven years I'd say it's definitely been a step in the right direction. But I want more, I want to go higher."

Gold Coast pulled off a shock victory over Brisbane on Boxing Day, but have now gone 13 games without a win.

Ferguson said it was important his players did not make the mistake of falling into a false sense of security by expecting an easy ride.

"They're causing teams problems," he said.

"We've got to make sure we don't go up there and underestimate these kids because they've got no fear and they're a team with plenty of mobility and energy."

Jacob Burns (broken ribs) and Liam Miller (hamstring) will be missing, but Shane Smeltz is expected to return as Glory look to improve on a dismal sequence of just one win in 17 A League matches in Queensland.

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