Perth Glory striker Jamie Harnwell believes it will be a Saturday night shootout when Central Coast heads west for a match that will have a huge bearing on Glory’s finals aspirations.
Perth Glory striker Jamie Harnwell believes it will be a Saturday night shootout when Central Coast heads west for a match that will have a huge bearing on Glory-s finals aspirations.
Perth has produced some excellent form at home, only losing once in six matches at Members Equity Stadium, and will be going all out to attack a Mariners side that has had their concerns on the road this season.
“We’re not going to sit back and defend. It’s our home ground and we’re going to go out and attack,” Harnwell said.
“We’ve got two home games now to start making up some more points before going away again, so the focus is winning the game this week and getting ourselves that bit closer to the top four again.”
The Mariners boast plenty of scoring power including current top scorer Matt Simon.
“With their front three you can pick any of them (to score),” Harnwell said.
“Sasho Petrovski, Dylan Macallister, Matt Simon, if they come over with that sort of mindset again it’s going to be a fantastic game.
“We need to get on a good roll of three, four, five wins in a row and that’ll really put you into contention and hopefully we can start that roll again this week and get these next two home games,” he said.
Harnwell said the side was still feeling confident despite a loss to Queensland last weekend, and maintained the Glory played well enough to claim maximum points if they had put away their chances.
“You look at the score line at the end of the game, and you think, ‘gees, was it really a 4-1 game’,” Harnwell said.
“We knocked the ball around well on a pretty dodgy pitch, we kept it well, we created chances and we limited them to pretty much nothing until one minute before half time.
“We were very confident about the way we played, even in the second half we went out and had a go and created some chances as well.
“So we’re happy with the way we played, just not how we defended at times,” he said.
The Glory will hopefully be boosted for this match by the return of Brazilian playmaker Amaral from a knee injury while left winger Nick Rizzo is pressing his case to return after missing last week with a groin injury.