Glory call on the cavalry

Perth Glory are ready for the fight to keep their season alive when they tackle league heavyweights Adelaide United at Members Equity Stadium on Boxing Day and Coach Dave Mitchell has called on all West Australian football fans to join in the battle.

Perth Glory are ready for the fight to keep their season alive when they tackle league heavyweights Adelaide United at Members Equity Stadium on Boxing Day and Coach Dave Mitchell has called on all West Australian football fans to join in the battle.

Coming off a 4-1 win over Sydney FC, 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix and 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory, the Glory has well and truly emerged as an in-form team and after taking points in their last six home games, the task of tackling top-of-the-table Adelaide is one Mitchell and his troops are ready for.

Mitchell would love nothing more than to see a packed stadium for what is being dubbed Perth-s Boxing Day Test, with his side up for the challenge and desperate to continue their climb up the Hyundai A-League ladder.

"Adelaide is a quality side and one of the best, if not the best, side in the league. We are playing at home, though, and don-t fear anyone playing here, and the way we are playing we don-t fear anyone in the league," Mitchell said.

"It will be a big game and I call for the troops to respond by coming out in force and continue the festive season. We need them to come out and support the Glory, to back us up and be an extra man for us."

A tough start to the season has left Glory with a make or break situation each time they hit the pitch but Mitchell never gave up hope of his team turning it around and confirmation of Perth-s form reversal will come if they can secure a win over Adelaide on Friday.

"I always had the belief that we had the players to make a challenge, but we had a lot of bad luck in the early part of the season and the wheels fell off. There were a lot of problems internally, which we have now sorted out by cracking the whip and everyone has responded," Mitchell said.

"As a playing group, they have been fantastic over the last seven weeks and we are one of the in-form teams. If we win this week we are right in the frame at three points out of the four and five off top spot. Nobody would have believed that after six or seven games.

"We are playing at home and want to win the game. They (Adelaide) haven-t played in the A-League for a while and will want to win as well, so it will be a great game."