I wasn’t able to get a column to you last week, but the first thing I want to say is we’re sorry. Our performance two weeks ago in our first home game of the season was both disappointing and embarrassing for all of us. It was well below par compared with our previous four games away – with two wins and two narrow defeats – and we have no excuses.
The match against Sunshine Coast should have been a great homecoming after four weeks on the road. We had a wonderful celebration in Townsville Bulletin Square to welcome the start of our home games, and we had everything to play for to please our home supporters.
But the opposition pressed us and we didn’t deal with it appropriately. The lads did almost everything we tell them in training not to do. We didn’t have enough movement and we didn’t create enough space. Instead of being positive and playing between the lines, we chose to take the long ball option. That is not how I want the game played, and it’s not how the lads are coached or trained.
Any coach would tell you after a disappointing loss like the one we had, it’s good to bounce back as quickly as possibly. Instead, we have had a two-week break since that game with our next match being Saturday 18th, again at home, against SWQ Thunder.
In January, the A-League was forced to take a break for the Asian Cup. It worked well for Sydney FC who have won 7/10 matches since and hasn’t worked well for Perth Glory who have struggled with only 2/10 wins in that time.
Obviously, we’re looking to emulate Sydney FC! We aim to make this break work well for us and bounce back to the way we were playing in the first four rounds of the season.
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.