Rudderless and in turmoil when their coach was sacked little more than a week ago, Perth Glory are now oozing with confidence and eyeing a late run at the finals with six games to play in the regular season.
Glory fought back from a goal down to beat league leaders Central Coast last week in a game that marked a new era for the club under interim coach Alistair Edwards.
Glory were forced to adapt quickly to a new game plan under Edwards after former coach Ian Ferguson was sacked last week and responded in the best possible fashion.
The result moved Glory off the bottom of the table and kept their faint finals dreams alive.
It was their first win in nine matches and Travis Dodd's first-half equaliser ended a barren run of more than six hours without a goal.
Glory will look to continue the form reversal and cause another upset when they meet high-flying Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday.
Glory still sit four points outside of the top six, but midfielder Nick Ward said they were hopeful of having a major impact come finals.
"I think the boys are up for it," Ward said. "They know that they've got six games left and obviously some results have probably got to go our way, but as long as we get our results we're in with a chance.
"The way the finals series is, if you make it and come sixth you've still got a chance to win the grand final. We're all pretty focused on that."
Glory will again be without captain Jacob Burns, with the inspirational midfielder still hampered by an ongoing back injury. Burns has missed the past four matches and is yet to set a date for his return.
Defender Scott Jamieson has overcome a foot injury and put in a solid performance at training yesterday, while goalkeeper Danny Vukovic is expected to be fit despite missing the session through illness.
Western Sydney have won their past six games to storm into title contention and sit second on the table, just one point behind Central Coast.
Ward said Glory would not be intimidated by an expected sell-out crowd at Parramatta Stadium feat-uring some of the most boisterous fans in the A-League."For me, I'll probably enjoy it more," Ward said. "You love to play in front of big crowds and I think it will be a good spectacle."
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