Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson will conduct shorter, sharper training sessions this week in a bid to keep his players fresh for Friday’s game against Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.
Perth is in the middle of a heatwave and Glory are well aware of the need to keep their players fresh in the wake of a busy festive fixture schedule.
Glory played four games in just over two weeks, with a win and two draws keeping the club in the top six.
But several rival clubs are breathing down their neck and midfielder Travis Dodd said preparation would play a key role in Glory getting a positive result from this week’s trip to Adelaide.
“Generally the sessions are shorter because of the heat and we’ve started training a bit earlier (in the day) than what we did at the start of the year,” Dodd said.
“We just try to stay out of the sun as much as we can, stay hydrated and prepare as best we can for the next game.”
Ferguson highlighted Glory’s lack of discipline in keeping their shape and structure as a key are to work on after the disappointing 2-2 draw with Sydney FC at home last week.
The team started working on a solution at training today and are confident they can rectify the issue this week.
“We spoke about that this morning at training and identified that as one of the things that need to be addressed for this week,” Dodd said.
“We’ve got a couple of sessions before our next game and that will certainly be something we look at fixing for the weekend.”
Central defender Bas van den Brink will return from suspension to bolster the back four against Adelaide and Glory will be buoyed by a good recent record at Hindmarsh Stadium.
They won both games at the ground last season and came away with a draw on their most recent visit in round six.
Adelaide suffered a blow today when attacking weapon Marcelo Carrusca was ruled out with a groin injury.
Adelaide defender Antony Golec said the Reds were expecting a tough game and would have to close down Glory striker Shane Smeltz, who found his goal scoring touch with a brace against Sydney last week.
“He scored two goals on the weekend and people say because he hasn’t scored in awhile that he’s not going that well, but all it took was two chances and he took them,” Golec said.
“We’re going to have to keep him quiet and make sure we don’t give him a sniff at goal.”