Official FFA Preview: Perth Glory v Sydney FC

March with Ian Ferguson as he goes for Glory. It’s time for The Shed to crank up the volume

Perth Glory v Sydney FC Sunday 24th October 4:00pm nib Stadium

March with Ian Ferguson as he goes for Glory. It-s time for The Shed to crank up the volume once again and give your new boss a rapturous reception…

There haven-t been many reasons for Perth Glory to be cheerful during the last five weeks of Hyundai A-League action. The one undisputable positive though, is that, in spite of the horrific run of results that the team has had, the turnout from The Shed has been unbelievable throughout.

With crowds of over ten thousand creating outstanding atmospheres at nib Stadium, Glory fans have proved themselves to be a shining example of the kind of loyalty and dedication that supporters of the Hyundai A-League rarely get their share of credit for. That is what supporting a football team is about. Win, lose or draw, you stand by your club. It is the same the world over, and Glory fans have certainly stood by theirs.

Sunday is sure to bring another bumper crowd to nib Stadium, with supporters wanting to give new coach Ian Ferguson a warm welcome as he takes his place in the home dugout as team boss. The Shed is sure to want to show their appreciation for outgoing gaffer David Mitchell and long-serving assistant coach Kenny Lowe too, for everything they did for the team.

A handful of bad results do not make a bad management team, and their status in Glory-s folklore will remain legendary regardless of the last few weeks. Mitchell is sure to continue pushing the club forward in his new Director of Football role.

Even more so than Perth-s Shed, Sydney-s Cove have had a rough time this season as their team has stumbled from one disaster to the next. Last week-s humiliation against bitter rivals Melbourne Victory was hard to take but, if anything, it was exactly the kind of kick up the backside that the club needs if it is to dig itself of the mess it is in.

It-s all very well blaming bad luck or last-gasp goals, but there is nothing like a thumping by your biggest rivals to make everyone take a good, long look at themselves. You learn a lot more from losing than you do winning and, following the loss to Melbourne Victory, Sydney-s players have dusted themselves down, pulled their socks up and, with hardened resolve, are ready to take on Perth Glory this week. Just as Victory bounced back from their loss to Heart by taking it out on Sydney, don-t be surprised if the Sky Blues do the same to Glory.

Perth have extra reason to try and avoid defeat to the league-s bottom side this Sunday. If Sydney fail to win, they will equal the Hyundai A-League-s record of the longest start to a season without victory. This unwanted record, ironically enough, is currently held by Glory, who went through their first eleven matches of the 2007/08 season without beating anyone.

There are two winless streaks ready to be broken on Sunday but, with neither team playing with conviction, who is going to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and secure three absolutely massive points? Make no mistake, Sydney might be bottom but they are hurting to the extent that someone is soon going to get a hiding, and they might just see a game against a team similarly low on morale as the ideal opportunity to administer it.

So, it-s up to The Shed to be Glory-s twelfth man. With your support, Ian Ferguson-s and his boys can finally halt this run of losses and start rebuilding their season. With both teams desperate to win for their long-suffering yet unflinchingly loyal supporters, this match is going to be 90-minutes of intense, nerve-wracking football that it will be impossible to look away from. Grab a ticket today and experience it live!

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