The Technical Bench

The players are in really good spirits ahead of what will be a tough game against Perth Glory on Saturday.

We had played away for three games so it was particularly pleasing to return home last Saturday and get the 3-points in front of our Members and supporters. Our last game at home, which was against Wellington, we didn't perform well it so it was a good reward for the players, who have been working tirelessly at training, to get the win.

The win against the Heart was the result of a solid team performance and everyone performing really well. I have to mention Michael Bridges- amazing goal, which everyone has been talking about. He has trained hard since making his A-League return and it was nice to see him back on the score sheet.

The first 20 minutes of the game were really difficult but we managed to hold out and gradually get back in control. We were then able to do that for the majority of the second half which is more like we want to play each week.

Our training environment is very positive at the moment and the players are in really good spirits ahead of what will be a tough game against Perth Glory on Saturday.

We haven-t done well over there in the past but the confidence we have taken from our Brisbane and Sydney away games will play a big factor in our performance.

The weather is something we will need to take into account. It has been quite hot in Perth and it has been predicted that the temperature will reach 32-34 degrees so we will travel over there on Friday and get used to the heat and have a bit of a run before Saturday-s game.

Jobe Wheelhouse will miss at least a couple of weeks after injuring his groin. He is a big loss to the team given how well he has been playing over the last month but we have some good depth in the squad so we are confident we can cover him whilst he goes through rehab.

If we continue with the form of the last three to four weeks and stick to our game plan and play the way we know we can then we will come out with a result this Saturday. We also know that after Perth-s loss to Sydney last weekend, that they will be fighting to get back into the winner's circle.

Craig