The break from the competition has given us an opportunity to get a lot of work done.
As I mentioned last week, our first home game three weeks ago against Sunshine Coast was a disappointment for all of us.
But the enforced break has also meant that we’ve re-evaluated how we played our first five games of the season. Until then, we had played well, creating numerous chances and taking the game up to more experienced opposition – so, in training, we’ve gone back to the basics and looked at what we were doing right in the early part of the season.
We’ve been working a lot on getting more movement and rotation around the park. In the Sunshine Coast game, where we had five goals scored against us, they pressed us high and we ran out of ideas. For that reason, we’ve been focusing on moving the ball from back-to-front, left-to-right, making sure our fullbacks get forward, and working hard on our defence.
Tonight, first and foremost, I’m looking for good performances from all the players. It’s no good having five players putting-in a 7-out-of-10 performance and six players putting in a 4-out-of-10.
Each individual has a role to play and is a vital part in achieving an overall team consistency and positivity.
I am confident that, with two home games in a row – tonight against SWQ Thunder and next week on ANZAC Day against Brisbane City – we can get back into winning ways.
But, to use the old sporting cliché, it’s one game at a time. It would be great if you could join us!
The game kicks-off at 7pm at Townsville Sports Reserve with matches starting at 3pm involving our Under 18 girls and boys teams as curtain-raisers.
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.