What can I say about last week’s result and performance? It’s one thing to lose 1-5 at home. It’s quite another to lose the way we did.
Our ‘derby’ rivals for the Frank Farina Cup were too strong, too quick and first to the ball every time. They intimidated us and there simply were not enough players ready and willing to stand-up for the battle. FNQFC Heat deserved their win because we were second best all night.
Having said that, it’s one game. The boys should use it as a learning experience and move onwards and upwards.
We’re still in the NPL competition with a chance to make the top four. We currently sit in joint 5th position, with one game in hand compared with all but one team ahead of us and with six games to play. That’s 18 points to pick-up, with two games at home and four away. We have to haul one team back – Redlands United – and keep another – FNQFC Heat – at bay.
The next six weeks will be a good opportunity to show some fighting spirit. Each game will be like a Cup Final: if you want to stay in it and take part in the ‘business end’ of the competition, you need to win.
We face the team currently top of the table, Brisbane Strikers, twice (as the match earlier in the season was washed-out), and two of the other games are against the teams currently lying second and third.
It’s a test but one we can get through. If we play to our strengths, if we remain consistent and do the simple things well for 90 minutes, and if we bring a will-to-win on to the pitch every single game, then we can do this – starting tonight with Brisbane City.
Ian Ferguson is Director of Coaching of Northern Fury FC and Head Coach of the NPL team. He has previously coached Perth Glory and the former NQ Fury in the A-League. His playing career spanned 18 years, mostly with Rangers in the Scottish Premier League. He was capped nine times for Scotland.