Ferreira confident of victory over Mariners


Winger Fabio Ferreira is ready to take it right up to last season’s Hyundai A-League champions.

Winger Fabio Ferreira is ready to take it right up to last season-s Hyundai A-League champions.

After narrowly going down 1-0 at Bluetongue Stadium back in October, Ferreira and the Reds will be attempting to avenge that result but more importantly turn their past two promising performances into points.

If Ferreira, who has started every game this season, runs out against the Mariners on Saturday, he is set to come up against one of the league-s in form left backs, Josh Rose.

Just like the teams- previous meeting in Round 3, Ferreira will have Rose to contend with, a challenge he is much looking forward to.

“Rose is a very good player,” Ferreira said.

“I like to have space so (hopefully) I can run in behind the defence and attack with my pace, so I-ll just try to take him (Rose) on and try to have a good game and play the best I can.”

Having come into the Hyundai A-League as a relatively unknown last season, Ferreira is no longer flying under the radar of opposition defenders after three goals from 19 appearances in 2012/13. But the extra attention is not deterring the former Portuguese U-19 international, saying it has forced him to continue working even harder at his game.

“Obviously the teams and the players are starting to know me from last season already, and it-s a bit harder now because they already know the way I play,” Ferreira said.

“But every day I am learning – touch, pass, cross…so I just have to be confident and do my best.”

Even though the Reds are still searching for their second win of the season, Ferreira says the squad is taking a positive outlook into the match considering the brand of football they played against the Roar and the number of opportunities they created which resulted in 16 shots at goal.

The Reds believe that if they stick to the game plan and play their best, they can they beat any side including a Mariners team that has only lost one match this season and has gone unbeaten in its past three games.