Another away game – this time in Toowoomba against SWQ Thunder. We can expect cold conditions and a challenging game ahead of us.
Even though SWQ hasn’t won a game this season, they’ve come oh-so-close on a few occasions. At this level, no game is an easy game, and everyone has a chance of winning on a given day. That goes for us playing top sides, as much as it goes for SWQ against every team they’ve met so far this season.
I know that our boys have got what it takes to win. If we keep playing the way we did last week, we’ll do so. I was really pleased with last week’s performance. We’re back to playing the way we started off the season – playing decent football and playing through the lines, not booting the ball up one end of the park from the other.
But with any game, there’s no room for complacency. I keep urging the boys to focus, have the right attitude, win the individual battles on the park and earn the right to win.
In this regard, I’ve been pleased with the way young Hamish Cassady has responded at left back. Ben Stanley is doing a great job for us in the middle of the park as a number 10. Our ‘elder statesman’ goalkeeper, Dan Wilesmith, has pulled off some great saves. And the ever-reliable Jacob Crowley and Ari Isman give us 100% effort every game.
We go into this game sitting mid-table at 6th (from 12), with only five points separating 4th from 10th and with two games in-hand. We have a good shot at a top four finish as long as we’re not complacent, we do the simple things well, and we remain consistent individually and as a team.
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.