Coach cer­tain of Fury tal­ent

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH liam. but­ter­worth@ news. com. au

THE North­ern Fury play­ers should have the self- belief they are good enough to fea­ture in a maiden Na­tional Premier Leagues Queens­land fi­nals cam­paign, coach Ian Fer­gu­son said.

The Fury head into this evening’s away trip to bot­tom­placed South West Queens­land Thun­der in sixth spot, with only one point keep­ing them be­hind fourth- placed Bris­bane Roar Youth.

Just five points sep­a­rates fourth and 10th in a con­gested NPL lad­der, and Fer­gu­son said he hopes his play­ers have the belief they can make the fi­nals for the first time in the league’s three- year history, as he does.

It will by no means be an easy propo­si­tion with the Fury drawn against the top three in the fi­nal three weeks of the reg­u­lar sea­son, as well as Cairns ri­vals FNQ Heat, but Fer­gu­son said his side shouldn’t be in­tim­i­dated by any­one. “That’s why we’re here, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t be­lieve we could get there,” Fer­gu­son said.

“That’s why we’re in the game and we’re not just here to make up the num­bers. “I be­lieve these boys can win ev­ery game and I just wish some of them would be the same.

“Some you win and some you lose, if the boys keep putting in the ef­fort and play­ing the type of football we’ve been play­ing re­cently, I don’t see why we can’t make that top four.”

But he’s also warned about com­pla­cency against the Thun­der this evening, with the Toowoomba side yet to win a game in their 14 league matches this year.

A bout of the flu has ruled out midfielder Jono Ba­gley and War­wick Stu­art for the Fury while the Townsville club will be up against it lo­gis­ti­cally.

North­ern won’t fly out un­til 11am to­day, ar­riv­ing in Bris­bane at 1pm, and must drive to Toowoomba and will likely only get an hour of down­time be­fore the 5pm kick- off.

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