Ferguson plays down revenge angle
By Football News
Ian Ferguson says he will not use Perth Glory's grand final defeat to Brisbane Roar as motivation ahead of their match on Friday.
Besart Berisha's controversial penalty secured the A-League title for Roar at Suncorp Stadium in April, but Ferguson claims factors other than revenge are driving his attempt to steer Glory to what would be only their second ever victory in the Queensland capital when the teams meet again this week.
"For me personally, I want it over with, but everybody's different," he said.
"I know what drove and motivated me as a player and it wasn't always the same as my team-mates.
"There are players that will take the Grand Final in and use that as motivation and there are those who will do things in a different way to get up for the game.
"What motivates me is going up against a top quality side and getting a result.
"We've found it difficult against Brisbane over the last couple of seasons to get good results, but we set good foundations with our win over them at Patersons Stadium in the first game of the season.
"Now we want to go on and show that we're not scared of them, that we can go up there and get a good result.
"That's what motivates me and hopefully that belief that we can go out there and beat the likes of Roar will rub off on the players."
And despite their opponents' lowly league position, Ferguson is expecting a tough test against a Roar side who will be coached by Mike Mulvey for the first time following the removal of Rado Vidosic to a technical role earlier this week.
"When you watch their games, they are still dominating teams, dominating possession and creating chances," he said.
"There have been games that I've watched where they've lost when they really should have won.
"They are still a very good side and a very dangerous side.
"Like most teams in the A-League, they'll click sooner or later and I just hope it's not against us."
Ferguson confirmed Scott Jamieson is expected to recover from minor back and thigh niggles in time to start at left-back, while both Steve Pantelidis and Ryo Nagai are in contention for bench spots.