JUST like a certain jolly man in red at the North Pole, Christmas is business-time for the Perth Glory.
It was in late December last year that the Glory commenced an eight-match unbeaten run which begun their climb from a lowly ninth on the A-League ladder up to eventual finishing position of third.
That Christmas run sent the Glory on their way to nine wins from their final 15 fixtures and an eventual grand final appearance, only missing out on the championship following a narrow 2-1 defeat to Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.
And Friday’s hard-earned 1-0 win over the Roar at the same venue suggests Ian Ferguson’s men are preparing themselves for another festive season surge with the victory being their first on the road this season.
The win was also the Glory’s first back-to-back successes this campaign after an impressive 3-0 win over Newcastle last weekend.
It’s lifted the Glory up to fourth after 12 matches, just two points behind third-placed Western Sydney Wanderers, their next opponents.
The Wanderers travel to Western Australia for Thursday’s fixture full of their own Christmas cheer after a 6-1 thumping of Adelaide at Parramatta Stadium on Friday night.
But Glory coach Ferguson says the Wanderers’ impressive display should be warning enough to his team that they’re not the only ones who’ll go into the game with some confidence.
“We’ve got a quick turnaround now,” Ferguson said after the Roar win.
“I keep saying there’s no easy games in the A-League, they’re all difficult and we’ve got to be focused on what we want to achieve over this Christmas period and into January.
“I take one game at a time and this is the next game now … fantastic effort (on Friday), we’ve got the three points and now move on to the Wanderers … it’s going to be a very difficult game for us.”
Originally published asPlenty of Christmas spirit for Glory