Glory coach in confident mood

26 December 2012 10:52:32 UK

Perth Glory have been backed to take the wind out of Western Sydney Wanderers' sails in their clash at Patersons Stadium on Thursday.

Coach Ian Ferguson isn't fazed by the Wanderers' six-goal thumping of Adelaide United last weekend.

He insists that far from worrying about the visitors' strike force, the Glory will go into the clash with their spirits high.

"We're looking forward to it," said Ferguson.

"We're coming off the back of two good results ourselves and we're back at home, which is great and our confidence should be sky high."

Perth beat two-time defending champions Brisbane Roar away from home at the weekend, following up from their 3-0 success at home to Newcastle Jets.

And though Ferguson wasn't entirely happy with his side's display against Brisbane, he felt they could take many positives from the game.

"We knew ourselves that we could have put a bit more pressure on Brisbane," he said.

"But the humidity was something that we've not experienced this year and again, great credit to the players in how they showed that steely determination to make it difficult for the opposition.

"I felt we could have held the ball a little better at times and if there was one criticism, that would be it, but the effort they put in and not only that, the desperation they've shown to win that game, was really pleasing.

"That's the best I've seen from a Perth Glory side in defending for at least 20 or 25 minutes in the second half.

"I thought for the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second we were really good and then they just put the pressure on us, but we dug deep and hung in there.

"There have been times this season when we've done really well in games and come away with no points, so to get three points at Suncorp for the first time since I've been at the club was really pleasing."

Ferguson rates Western Sydney highly, saying: "They are a team that has made a lot of progress over the last nine or 10 games. They create a lot of chances and are very well organised.

"They are a very strong and powerful side who are quick on the counter-attack and Mark Bridge is on fire at the moment as well, so it's going to be a very tough game."

Perth Glory are 6/5 to beat Western Sydney Wanderers, who are 23/10 and the draw is 23/10.

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