Maintaining momentum

Following two impressive wins at home Perth Glory Captain Jacob Burns is confident the club can take that form on the road an in the process create some history by securing a third consecutive win.

Following two impressive wins at home Perth Glory Captain Jacob Burns is confident the club can take that form on the road an in the process create some history by securing a third consecutive win.

Perth has struggled on the road since the inception of the Hyundai A-League and consequently never won three matches in a row, something Burns believes can be corrected when they tackle the Mariners on Friday night in Canberra.

“I think the momentum is there, with each game we are putting another piece of the jigsaw together and we will be looking for the three points,” Burns said.

“It-s something that we-re mindful of, something we want to set right. Perth has never had three wins on the trot so we-re going to Canberra to do that. We-ve set a target, we have a goal and want to keep the run going and get three wins.”

Glory were unlucky not to get any points from their opening two away games this season, narrowly going down to Adelaide 1-0 courtesy of a contentious penalty decision while in round two they dominated the Phoenix but were left to rue missed chances when the home side put in a late goal to take the win.

“We were off to a bit of a slow start but I think that was mainly due to players signing late and a bit of disrupted pre-season to prepare but we-re looking to get a good result away in Canberra,” said Burns.

“We-ll be sticking to our game plan. We play good football and know what we-re capable of on the day. If we can put it all together, which we-re starting to do at the minute… then it puts us in good stead for away games and home games.”

Burns dismissed suggestions that Central Coast could be vulnerable this weekend with the match being played at a ‘neutral- venue in Canberra rather than at the Mariners usual home of Bluetongue Stadium.

“The Mariners are a tough team and make it hard for anyone to play them. I think it-s good for football, good for Canberra to see two good teams in action there.

“It is a league where you have to be on your toes and playing good football for 90 minutes or otherwise you-re easily found out.

“You can see that with the way the table is at the moment you win a few games and you jump up near the top of the table. We want to be there at the end, our focus is finals football so we-ll do everything that we can to achieve that and we know wins on the road are going to play their part.”