Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Dodd ready to take down Reds in A-League
By Justin Chadwick
Travis Dodd is accustomed to wearing the skipper's armband at Hindmarsh Stadium, but the Perth Glory midfielder isn't expecting to receive the usual love from the Adelaide faithful when he lines up in Sunday's A-League clash.Dodd skippered the Reds for three of his six years at the club before making the move to Perth at the end of the 2010/11 campaign.The 32-year-old enjoyed a fruitful first season at the Glory, scoring four goals in a crucial role on the wing as the club reached the grand final.And with regular Perth captain Jacob Burns still sidelined by a quad injury, Dodd will take on the captaincy role for a second straight week as the Glory attempt to topple ladder-leading Adelaide.Dodd admitted he still had a soft spot for his former side.But with third-placed Perth yet to pick up a single point on the road this season, Dodd is determined to lead the Glory to victory."It's always a privilege and an honour to be able to captain a side," Dodd said."It's going to be nice going back home."But at the end of the day, my job is to lead the boys on the field and make sure I do my job."We've spoken about how important it is to pick up results away from home."It is great to have that winning form at home. But if we are to be a championship-contending side, then we need to go away and start picking up some points."Glory defender Scott Jamieson is another player who will be stepping onto familiar territory at Hindmarsh Stadium.Jamieson started his A-League career at Adelaide and played 49 A-League games for the club, before leaving for Sydney FC and then Perth."I got boos last time I went there and it was good," Jamieson said."It's just banter."They're a great bunch of people and, if they boo me, I give it back to them. So it's a good blast."Perth, who have posted three wins from five games, are hopeful of regaining the services of star striker Shane Smeltz (hamstring).