Ferguson happy with Mariners clash

Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson is pleased with yesterday's clash against Central Coast Mariners saying, it's what the squad needed three weeks away from the start of the season.

Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson is pleased with yesterday's clash against Central Coast Mariners saying, it's what the squad needed three weeks away from the start of the season.

Despite the 1-nil loss to last season's grand finalists, Ferguson took a lot positives from the match. Here is what the coach had to say today from Sydney.

Glory coach Ian Ferguson:

"It was a good hit-out and what we needed.

"The second half was a lot better than the first after me made some changes at half time.

"Going to a diamond formation and playing two up front, we created more chances.

On Adam Hughes:

"He wasn't too well so we took him off at half time and he's still getting some blood tests in hospital.

"It could be a viral infection but we won't know until tomorrow morning."

Glory are 'a top four side'

Central Coast coach Graham Arnold agreed the game was a solid hit-out and predicted Perth Glory will play finals this season.

“I thought in the first half we went exceptionally well.

“We still have a lot more work to do but again, it was important we got minutes in the legs of a lot of players against a quality opposition like Perth.

“I-m expecting Perth to be a top four side this season.

"They-ve recruited extremely well and you could see by the players that started the match and also from the players that came on that they-re one of the teams to beat in the league this season.”

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