Last push in thrilling finals battle

FINAL PUSH: Wanderers striker Oriol Riera celebrates after scoring last weekend against the Brisbane Roar at ANZ Stadium. Picture: AAP Image/Craig Golding
FINAL PUSH: Wanderers striker Oriol Riera celebrates after scoring last weekend against the Brisbane Roar at ANZ Stadium. Picture: AAP Image/Craig Golding

The neutrals couldn’t ask for a much better finish to the race for the A-League’s top-six.

But for us, Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory, everything is still on the line this weekend.

After 26 weeks, we still need a result on the last day of the campaign against Adelaide United to cement a spot in the finals.

It’s been this way for us for most of the second half of the season.

We’ve been skating on thin ice, but we’ve given ourselves the chance to get across the line right at the death.

It’s both an exciting and intense way to finish the regular season.

Obviously we are in the box seat with a point advantage over the other two clubs and our match is also played a day later as well.

The Glory and Roar face-off against each other on Saturday night in a game both of them need to win to keep the pressure on.

Victory to either side would allow them to jump us on the ladder momentarily and a draw would mean it comes down to goal difference, depending on our result.

We want to make sure none of that matters.

The only way to do that is by beating Adelaide on Sunday afternoon.

It doesn’t matter that much how we get it done. The three points are what counts.

If we can go into the finals on the back of consecutive victories, it will be massive for our confidence heading into the post-season.

We have to match the same intensity we showed when we beat Brisbane last weekend.

Our work ethic all over the park was first class and that lasted right until the final whistle.

That effort must not waiver against Adelaide United, who have started to hit their stride under Marco Kurz in the second half of the campaign.

Other than a 3-0 defeat to Sydney FC last weekend, they’ve been difficult to beat in the second half of the campaign.

And I thought there were some positive signs there against the Sky Blues as well.

We have to be prepared for a tough night out. And we will be on our home soil.

It was great to see the club lower the price of tickets for the game.

Hopefully we can pull a big crowd because it shapes as an entertaining evening with so much still to play for.

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The final round of the A-League will be massive in more ways than one.

Almost two thirds of the league is coming off contract at the end of this season.

It’s a crazy figure and is something, which ideally shouldn’t happen, but it also makes this final round so important to most of players in the competition.

For some, this will be their final chance to impress.

It’s bound to have some twists and turns ahead.