Another break! And a double-whammy – because we now don’t have another NPL match until 16th May, although we have an FFA Cup match against Townsville Warriors on 13th May.
As I’ve mentioned before, I really don’t like it when we have a break. I prefer to continue right through so we can maintain the momentum and rhythm of playing week-in, week-out.
I was happy with the win against Brisbane City last weekend, and especially the first half.
What is really pleasing this season so far is that the boys are taking on board what we’re doing at training. They’re playing as a group, taking on the responsibility of their roles and it’s paying dividends with some well-worked team goals and defensive efforts.
With an enforced break, we’ll keep up the hard work at training and enjoy the A-League finals series.
At the time of writing this, I don’t know the result from Friday night’s game but I’m going to stick my neck out and tip Brisbane Roar. Only a few weeks back, they put on a good performance in Adelaide with a hostile crowd. If midfielder, Thomas Broich continues his form – after being out of form due to injury most of the season – they are a side that knows what to do at the ‘pointy end’ of the season.
In the other game, it’s hard to go past Wellington Phoenix at home to Melbourne City. Wellington has a good home record, other than a few recent games. Now is the time for them to stand-up and be counted. They have the experience in the team and some big game players such as Roly Bonevacia, Andrew Durante, Michael McGlinchey and Ben Sigmund. Like many, I was also impressed with Nathan Burns’ form prior to the Asian Cup and he’s due for a big game too.
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.