Fury on all lev­els as coach hits hard over soft ef­fort

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O’NEIL

NORTH­ERN Fury coach Ian Fer­gu­son will ring in the changes af­ter his side’s bit­terly dis­ap­point­ing loss to the FNQ Heat in their last NPL Queens­land out­ing.

The for­mer A- League men­tor was fu­ri­ous with the lack­lus­tre ef­fort in the 5- 1 loss to their North Queens­land ri­vals and has put play­ers on no­tice ahead of to­day’s trip to face Bris­bane City.

What dis­ap­pointed the Scots­man most was his team’s in­abil­ity to match it phys­i­cally with their north­ern neigh­bours and he plans to shake up the team ahead of this week­end’s must- win match in Bris­bane.

“Con­fi­dence is not the is­sue, the is­sue for me was more the man­ner in how we ap­proached our last game,” Fer­gu­son said.

“I’ve let the team know in no un­cer­tain terms that if they’re go­ing to go miss­ing in games I’ll bring in play­ers from the un­der- 18s. Ev­ery­body will be on no­tice, I don’t care whether you are one of the ex­pe­ri­enced ones or the younger ones.”

He has de­manded play­ers in to­day’s line- up to be ready to do the dirty work.

“I want some­body that will go out there and give me ev­ery­thing,” he said.

“I don’t care who peo­ple think they are or how good they think they are, you’ve got to have that phys­i­cal­ity in games. They might not be the best tech­ni­cally but if they go out there and give me 100 per cent I’ll stand by them.”

Mean­while in the North Queens­land Football Premier League, lad­der lead­ers MA Olympic re­turn to play­ing with a home clash against Ross River, Broth­ers host Wul­guru and sec­ond­placed War­riors meet Bur­dekin at Mel­rose Park tonight. Saints Ea­gles Souths and Ing­ham meet at Aitken­vale Park to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

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