Frustrated Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson denies feeling extra pressure despite a horror run of results that has put the club's finals hopes in jeopardy.
Glory have won just two of their past 13 matches and slipped to second last on the table following Saturday night's 1-0 home defeat to last season's grand final nemesis Brisbane Roar.
But Ferguson, who last week conceded the top four and a home final were out of Glory's reach, said he was certain the club would qualify for the finals.
Glory sit two points off sixth spot ahead of this week's clash with last-placed Wellington at Westpac Stadium. But external pressure is mounting on the coach and his team, with some fans expressing their anger and others staying away altogether.
Fewer than 5000 turned out for Saturday's fixture, though the low figure may be partly attributed to the clash with Australia Day festivities.
Ferguson acknowledged the fans' dissatisfaction over the poor run of results.
But when asked if he felt the pressure building, Ferguson said: "No, not at all. We're disappointed and frustrated, but I would be more worried if we weren't creating chances and weren't playing the good football that we are playing."
Glory have lost nine games this season by a single goal and have struggled to find the net.
Their tally of 18 goals from as many games is the worst in the competition.
Ferguson said the loss to Brisbane was more frustrating than the rest of this season's defeats, given the quality of chances Glory squandered.
Travis Dodd pushed an early volley wide and Nick Ward spooned a golden chance over the bar after Roar goalkeeper Michael Theo had left his penalty area.
Ward was denied by Theo from close range in the dying stages and Ryo Nagai had a late header cleared off the line by Thomas Broich.
Defender Michael Thwaite, who returned from a calf injury and performed well against Brisbane, hoped Argentinian playmaker Matias Cordoba would be the answer to Glory's woes in front of goal.
Cordoba, 28, arrived in Perth at the weekend and watched the Brisbane game from the stands. He is expected to sign a short-term deal with Glory this week, tying him to the club until the end of the season.
"I had a good chat with him and I think he's excited," Thwaite said.
"Even he didn't know how we didn't win (against Brisbane).
"Maybe he can help with that link between our midfield and attack, and maybe help with scoring those goals as well."
First-team regulars Liam Miller and Josh Risdon will return from suspension against Wellington.
Captain Jacob Burns (back), marquee striker Shane Smeltz (groin) and Dean Heffernan (back) will have to be monitored by club medical staff."I would be more worried if we weren't creating chances and weren't playing good football "" *Ian Ferguson *
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