Perth primed for finals assault
Perth Coach Dave Mitchell believes there are even bigger and better things to come from his side in the second half of the season with a maiden finals appearance firmly on the Glory’s radar.
Perth Coach Dave Mitchell believes there are even bigger and better things to come from his side in the second half of the season with a maiden finals appearance firmly on the Glory-s radar.
Perth sits fifth at the mid-way point of the expanded 27 round season, the top six sides making the finals, and Mitchell said there are plenty of positives to take from the first half of their campaign.
“I think we're in the mix, we've had some great results, we've had some indifferent results but on the whole I-m pleased with the way we are ticking over,” Mitchell said.
“The goal at the start of the season was to make the finals… we want to be as high up the table as we can but as long as we're in the finals then we can have a stab at it (the Championship).
“I think we-ve been playing really good football in parts. I think we-ve made our own mistakes and we-ve highlighted that to the players. If we can eradicate them in the second half of the season we should be winning more games and sitting nicely in a finals position,” said Mitchell.
Perth has an impressive record at home and will play seven of their remaining 13 matches ME Bank Stadium. The Glory have secured points in five of their six outings in WA so far and are determined to ensure the trip west remains as painful as possible for opposition sides.
“Traditionally we-ve been quite strong at home in the run in towards the back end of the season so we're looking forward to that,” Mitchell said.
“I think having the fans coming back and supporting the club in big numbers has been great, it gives everyone a lift.”
After adding 13 new players to the roster this season Mitchell predicted it would take some time for the squad to gel and believes the run home is where the Glory will produce their best.
“We're in a good position but we're no going to get carried away. We want a good run home,” Mitchell said.
“We-ve got a lot of good players at the club and we just have to make sure that we continue to work hard and the results will take care of themselves. That-s what I-m going to ram home to them (the players).”