Perth Glory defender Scott Jamieson yesterday hit back at critics ready to write off the club's championship credentials, claiming the squad was in a buoyant mood and primed to cause an upset against high-flying Adelaide United on Friday.
Glory were left frustrated by a 2-2 draw with Sydney FC at nib Stadium last Saturday, but maintained their place in the top six and have lost just once in their past five matches - away to league leaders Central Coast.
Just three points separate fifth-placed Perth and ninth-placed Wellington on a congested table, but Jamieson said Glory were well positioned to qualify for a second successive finals series with more than one third of the regular season to play.
"We've had a few indifferent results but we're not struggling," Jamieson said.
"We know there are a few things we need to correct and we'll do that.
"That starts with trying to win home games, but we're pretty positive about things and it will come."
Adelaide playmaker Marcelo Carrusca has been ruled out of Friday's game with an adductor tear and joins defender Nigel Boogard (hamstring) on the sidelines.
Reds winger Fabio Ferreira is also in doubt with groin tightness.
Glory defender Bas van den Brink will return from suspension to bolster the back four in the game at Hindmarsh Stadium, where the WA side has a good recent record.
Glory have won two and drawn one of their last three games at the ground and will not be content with sitting back and counterattacking against the second-placed Reds.
"We don't fear anyone," Jamieson said.
"If I look at our team and the players I play with, I'm pretty confident that we can beat anyone on our day and that includes Adelaide.
"I respect Adelaide and the boys there, but I wouldn't change any of our players for theirs, so I'm pretty confident, very excited and eager to get there and try to get three points."
Glory striker Shane Smeltz has the Reds on high alert after bagging a brace against Sydney last week, which lifted his season tally to four.
Adelaide defender Antony Golec said the New Zealand international would be watched closely.
"Smeltzy scored two goals on the weekend and people say because he hasn't scored in a while 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."
·Midfielder Rocky Visconte has been linked with Western Sydney Wanderers after being released by Brisbane Roar.
The Australian under-23 international had been told by Roar coach Mike Mulvey he was unlikely to feature in the first team.
"I'm pretty confident that we can beat anyone on our day and that includes Adelaide."" Perth Glory defender *Scott Jamieson *