Fergie has no fear of Roar
December 20, 2012 12:14:19 UK
Coach Ian Ferguson has challenged his Perth Glory players to shrug off their poor record at Suncorp Stadium and beat Brisbane Roar on Friday night.
Perth have only won once in Brisbane, but the home side are vulnerable in what will be Mike Mulvey's first game in charge.
Now we want to go on and show that we're not scared of them, that we can go up there and get a good result.Ian Ferguson
The two-time defending champions are a different proposition from the side Perth faced in last season's Grand Final.
Sitting just one place off the bottom of the league, the Roar have opted to ditch coach Rado Vidosic, moving him into a technical role while Mulvey takes charge until the end of the season.
"What motivates me is going up against a top quality side and getting a result," said Ferguson.
"We've found it difficult against Brisbane over the last couple of seasons to get good results, but we set good foundations with our win over them at Patersons Stadium in the first game of the season.
"Now we want to go on and show that we're not scared of them, that we can go up there and get a good result.
"That's what motivates me and hopefully that belief that we can go out there and beat the likes of Roar will rub off on the players."
Not that Ferguson is dismissive of Brisbane, who he feels are in a false position.
"When you watch their games, they are still dominating teams, dominating possession and creating chances," he said.
"There have been games that I've watched where they've lost when they really should have won.
"They are still a very good side and a very dangerous side.
"Like most teams in the A-League, they'll click sooner or later and I just hope it's not against us.
"Like us, Brisbane have got a target on their backs.
"Everyone wants to beat them and us because we were the two sides that reached the Grand Final last season and that represents a mental and physical challenge for our players and for theirs."
Perth Glory are 4.00 to beat Brisbane Roar, who are 1.83 to take three points from the clash. Perth are 12.00 to win 1-0.
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