It’s been a long slog of four away games but once this game is out of the way tonight against Redlands United, we play at home at last on the following Saturday.
Our aim was to get six points from these four games so we’re still on target.
Having said that, there are no easy games when you travel to Brisbane or beyond, as we have done, and in our two losses we’ve been beaten by an odd goal against the run of play.
What I’ve been pleased about so far this season is how the team is performing in the second half. In a reversal of last year’s pattern, we’re starting the first half slowly but finishing strongly. Of course, the aim is to get the same focus for the full 90 minutes.
In the two games we have lost, it’s been for the same reason. There are times when we lose concentration and give the opposition too much space and too much time on the ball. This week in training we’ve been working on a high pressing game from the word-go, and encouraging everyone on the park to show composure, creativity and energy throughout.
In this regard, I want to mention Joe Thornton and Ari Isman who have both had fine starts to the season. Joe in midfield has really taken the game to the opposition in each of our three games, and Ari in defence has been in outstanding form. They work hard at training and it shows on game day.
We aim to return to Townsville with a win and six points from our four games to give us a good basis on which to build throughout the season.
I also hope to see as many of you as possible at Townsville Bulletin Square on Thursday evening to meet the lads and me as we launch our home games with the community.
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.