Stand-in captain Travis Dodd says Perth Glory's playing group is "100 per cent" confident in interim coach Alistair Edwards' game plan and focused on improving on a weekly basis in their ambitious bid to make a late run at the finals.
Time is running out for Glory, who saw Ian Ferguson sacked as coach this month following a dismal run that sent them to the bottom of the table.
There have been signs of improvement in the short time Edwards has been in charge, with the former Glory striker implementing a possession-based game plan with a heavy focus on patience and controlling the play.
Edwards got off to a flying start with victory over league leaders Central Coast before suffering his first defeat with a 1-0 loss away to high-flying Western Sydney last week.
Dodd, who has worn the armband in Jacob Burns' absence with a back injury, expects a better result when Glory entertain star-studded Sydney FC this week.
"I think there's quite a good understanding of the game plan and how he (Edwards) wants us to play," Dodd said.
"It's just a matter of the players getting used to it and being able to implement it in the game.
"It will take time, but we're confident that we can keep those improvements going from week to week to get the wins before the finals.
"We've got belief in each other and the coaching staff have got the belief in the players.
"We go out there backing ourselves 100 per cent, backing the coaching staff and backing the game plan.
"I think we saw against Central Coast it certainly can work."
Burns has had frequent treatment in a bid to overcome the troublesome back injury that has sidelined him for the past five matches.
He is expected to return to training tomorrow after missing this morning's training session at Gibney Reserve in Maylands, where the Glory players threw their support behind the push for a 'Home of Football' in WA.
Glory has joined forces with peak soccer body Football West to push for funding to build a centre of training excellence and administration headquarters.
The campaign is seeking a funding commitment of up to $20 million and has attracted plenty of interest from various walks of life, with the likes of Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, model Megan Gale and World Cup Socceroos Richard Garcia and Nikita Rukavystya pledging their support via social media.
"It's imperative that football in Western Australia has a home," Dodd said.
"If we look around the State at other sporting codes, rugby union's got a state-of-the-art facility that we use on a daily basis and basketball's got a new facility as well.
"But where we are training today (Gibney Reserve), this is football's facilities and to be honest it's not a lot."It would be great if all footballers could have one base for everything like the other codes do."
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