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Perth Glory will copy Sydney FC's blueprint of trying to rattle league leaders Central Coast with a high-pressure game today at Bluetongue Stadium.

The Sky Blues got under the skin of their NSW rivals to cause a major upset, Brett Emerton's late header giving his side a 1-0 win at Allianz Stadium last Thursday.

It was only the Mariners' second defeat of the season and their frustrations were evident in the dying stages as John Hutchinson and Tom Rogic were sent off for ill- disciplined challenges.

Rogic, 20, made his Socceroos debut last month and has been labelled a star of the future. But the match review panel has banned him for three games after a dangerous lunge at Sydney's Rhyan Grant.

Glory are clinging to their place in the top six and coach Ian Ferguson said they would look to put pressure on Central Coast in the same vein as Sydney.

But Ferguson was not looking for a repeat of the ugly scenes that foll- owed Rogic's sending off, when the majority of players from both sides engaged in a melee.

"Sydney are fighting for their lives down the bottom and we'll be no different," Ferguson said.

"We play at a high tempo and that's what we want to keep doing.

"When we get in people's faces they don't like it, but if you give good players time then you know they're going to hurt you.

"As a coach, I like making sure we don't give good players time. Central Coast are a good team and they don't get rattled too often, but they got rattled against Sydney."

Ferguson will continue his rotation policy during the busy festive schedule.

He is expected to welcome back Travis Dodd to the starting line-up after the experienced midfielder overcame a knee injury.

Steve Pantelidis is the logical replacement for injured centre-half Michael Thwaite, who has been ruled out for at least three weeks with a torn right calf muscle.

Ferguson will take a cautious approach with winger Ryo Nagai, who played out the game in his return from a knee injury in the draw with Western Sydney Wanderers last Thursday.

It was the Japanese youth international's first A-League start for Glory after injuries limited him to one appearance as a substitute in the opening three months of the season.

"He's fine at the moment but we need to be careful with Ryo," Ferguson said. "He got his hamstring injury in the pre-season when we played two games in quick succession and he's only just come back now from youth team games where the most he's played is 60 minutes."

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