Gunning for top six

Perth Glory veteran Jamie Harnwell is adamant the side can put the North Queensland game behind it and hit back strongly when the Glory take on Gold Coast United on Sunday.

Perth Glory veteran Jamie Harnwell is adamant the side can put the North Queensland game behind it and hit back strongly when the Glory take on Gold Coast United on Sunday.

Perth has slipped to sixth on the ladder but have the opportunity to regain a top four position with a win this weekend.

Harnwell says finals are still firmly in the back of the players- minds and will be the key motivation in getting the three points.

“The incentive is we need to win to keep in touch with the finals and to make sure we're there or thereabouts at the end.

“Even when we played them over there I think we gifted them the victory so we know we can match them on the park, we've just got to cut out the silly mistakes and go over and play like we know were capable of,” Harnwell said.

Harnwell says the team has been working solidly to smooth over costly errors and remain consistent for the full 90 minutes.

“Its just concentration. We-ve been working pretty hard at training. Everyone-s been making sure that if mistakes do happen that they don-t happen again. You can-t legislate for those things but we're pretty confident we-ve seen the last of them.”

In just his second match since coming back from a two-month absence with a knee injury, Harnwell gave the Glory some spark up front against the Fury, after the club lost striker Branko Jelic to an ankle injury.

“I-ve been training as best I can and obviously trying to do as best I can when I come on the park. I'd love to start obviously and that-s what I-m pushing towards but that-s Mitch's decision.”

With only a few points narrowly separating teams on the Hyundai A-League table, Harnwell says the squad is aware of what they have to do to secure a place in the finals.

“There-s always been that pressure (to make the top six). It-s sort of a crazy league this year and we-ve seen top beat bottom, bottom beat top every second week, so we know we've got to get results now.

“There are nine games to go and we-ve sort of got a rough points total in mind, it-s something we think is very achievable to make the finals but we-ve got to make sure we go out on the park and do that.”