Glory keen to upset A-League's top teams
Perth won't be in this year's A-League finals but skipper Simon Colosimo believes the Glory still have a big part to play in them.
The last-placed Glory host Central Coast at Members Equity Stadium on Sunday in a crucial game for the Mariners, who are joint leaders with Queensland and Sydney FC and vying for the minor premiership.
While desperate to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon, Colosimo said the Glory were also motivated by the chance to plenty cause headaches for the teams at the top of the competition.
Perth's final two matches are also against top four contenders in Adelaide and Newcastle.
"Our main concern is getting results to not finish eighth," Colosimo said.
"But no teams are going to want to come and treat us lightly because we're going to play a big part in the make up of the top four, even though we're not going to be there."
Despite conceding eleven goals in losing their last three matches, ending their mini-resurgence under new coach Dave Mitchell, Colosimo said the clash with the Mariners would bring out the best in the home side.
"We've actually played our best football against them," Colosimo said.
"We were pretty unlucky not to get a result against them twice - we got a draw and a loss." Perth will welcome back Socceroos winger Stan Lazaridis and goalkeeper Jason Petkovic after their lengthy lay-offs for a drug ban and broken leg respectively.
Central Coast meanwhile will welcome back midfielder John Hutchinson (knee) and goalkeeper Danny Vukovic (suspension) but will miss experienced defenders Tony Vidmar and Andrew Clark to suspension.
The Mariners slipped to second on for and against behind league leaders Queensland following their shock 5-2 loss to Melbourne last week.
Hutchinson was confident the premiership favourites were ready to bounce back but was also wary of the A-League cellar dwellers.
"Its a hard place to go and they're going to be fired up," Hutchinson said.
"They haven't had the best season but they've all got to prove a point to get their (playing) contracts for next season."
Meanwhile, Colosimo will face his home fans again following the hostile reception he received last week after reports surfaced linking the midfielder with a move to Sydney FC.
The captain admitted he was "disappointed and bitter about" being booed by his own fans but said he would treat the game as business as usual.
"The majority of the crowd, I've got a huge respect for them," Colosimo said.