Glory eye off top-two A-League finish

January 30, 2012
By Justin Chadwick

Perth Glory have set their sights on a top-two finish after stretching their unbeaten A-League run to seven games.

Sunday's 3-0 win over Adelaide at Hindmarsh Stadium propelled Perth into fourth spot on the table, just two points adrift of second-placed Wellington.

Ahead of next Monday's showdown against cellar dwellers Gold Coast in Perth, Glory captain Jacob Burns said confidence amongst the players was sky high, and their ambitions were just as lofty.

"I think you've always got to dream big," Burns said after the team landed back in Perth on Monday.

"We've always set our targets high and we're in a position to really push in.

"We're a point off third and two off second so we really want to get into the top two now."

The only downside for Perth was on the injury front, with speedy winger Evan Berger re-injuring his hamstring and Steven McGarry copping a quad injury.

"I'm devastated for Bergs, he's had a terrible run with his hamstring," Burns said.

"He thinks it's a little bit better than the last time he did it so that should be positive, but I suppose we've got to wait until scans come through."

With 15 players coming out of contract, Burns admitted Glory ran the risk of losing key footballers to rival clubs.

"It's not a great situation for a lot of the players to be in but I'm sure the club will do their utmost to tidy things there and hold onto the players they want to," Burns said.

"I'm sure there's a lot of other clubs out there taking note of the progress we've made and it's something that is going to have to be addressed in the coming weeks.

"But it's not something we're thinking of.

"We've got a job to do out there and judging by the performances everyone has put a good statement to continue on here."