Perth Glory defensive stalwart Michael Thwaite has urged his teammates to stay positive and take confidence from Saturday’s come from behind win against the Central Coast Mariners ahead of the mid-week clash against Melbourne Victory.
A three-minute brace from Nebo Marinkovic helped Glory secure the three points and Thwaite is confident with two more home games this week the team can change its season around.
“We thoroughly believe we can get nine points this week. That’s the message I’ve been putting to the guys here. I really believe we can turn the season around, we had a good win against a young Mariners squad and we deserved to win the game.”
Last time Glory faced Victory was in the FFA Cup final in November which Melbourne won 2-0 at AAMI Stadium.
Wednesday night’s match is a catch-up game after the RD 5 match was rescheduled following the Cup final.
Thwaite said now was the time for the boys to give back to the fans with a win and change the team’s fortunes.
“We’ve got a massive opportunity. Three home games in one week are unheard of for us. We’ve done a lot of travelling during the season so no one likes coming to Perth” he said.
Thwaite pointed to the home ground advantage and stressed it played an important role in helping to beat the opposition.
“We want to see the fans coming. There’s been a lot of negativity after last year.”
“The positive sign is we’re over 6000 members and by the end of the year we’ll pass the number that we had last year. We had a great season last year so we want to see the members at the ground but they want to see us performing as well and I guess they want to see success at the club and we’re looking to turn that around this week” Thwaite said.
The match kicks-off at 6.00pm and tickets to the match can be purchased HERE