Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell says there is no time like the present for his squad to step up to the plate and show what they’re capable of going into this weekend’s vital match against Gold Coast United.
Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell says there is no time like the present for his squad to step up to the plate and show what they-re capable of going into this weekend-s vital match against Gold Coast United.
Mitchell says Perth is confident going into Sunday-s clash at Skilled Park, bolstered by return of influential defender Chris Coyne.
“We believe in ourselves and we-re going to go out and get the three points this week against Gold Coast.
“We-ve had a chat with the lads and they-re pretty confident we can get some results to stay in our position in the six,” Mitchell said.
“It-s a situation where last time we went up there and played them we felt comfortable the way we played. It was just unfortunate that we lost the game with that silly goal we gave away.”
Perth have been unlucky to miss out on securing more points on the road this season, being only a few goals shy of claiming victory on several occasions.
The improvement away from home has come as a result of the club taking extra steps to prepare better and to make the burden of traveling easier on the players.
“There are a lot of things that have been put in place behind the club and a lot of things have moved forward.
“The games we-ve played away have been a lot closer than they have been in the past.
“We-ve been beaten three nil and four nil away from home before but this year we-ve only lost by the odd goal so there have been a lot of games where we-ve been in it and that-s just a matter of having a bit of luck going forward and finishing your chances,” Mitchell said.
As congestion on the Hyundai A-League table mounts, Perth has the opportunity to jump as high as fourth with a win this weekend.
“We-ve probably not won a few games that we should have so it-s put us in a situation where we-re hanging onto the six but a couple of wins can propel you back up there.
“We-ve got good players and people think we probably should be further up but as you can see it-s quite an even league and everybody can beat everybody.
“Any game we play we-re not fearing anyone in the league. We played Central Coast a few weeks ago and had the better chances and we didn-t execute them. We-re creating the chances but we need to work on executing them so that the next step,” Mitchell said.
While the squad have lamented their missed chances, Mitchell has a firm belief that Glory will capitalise on the remaining nine matches of the season.
“On the park we-ve dominated a lot of games and we-ve played well. We-ve just got to get some results towards the end of the season. I-m focused and I-m confident that we-ll get there.”