The Mariners were expected to come into this match a bit weary after having to play Gold Coast United on Sunday but after that contest was called off after less than 20 minutes due to bad weather, Arnold feels his players will be fresh to put in a good shift when the Fury come to town.
“I think we would rather have got the game out of the way, it makes for a heavy schedule ahead but that is the way it goes. North Queensland on Wednesday night is a huge game for us and hopefully there will be a big crowd to come along and watch,” said Arnold.
But the Mariners boss is not expecting any favours from a Fury side desperate to push into the final six.
“I’m expecting an extremely hard game like we’ve had in both encounters with them so far, 3-2 (win) in the first game where we scored in the last minute and then a tough 1-nil victory away from home so we’re preparing for a very difficult game like it will be and go all out for the three points,” Arnold added.
The Mariners host the Fury on Wednesday, December 22 at Bluetongue Stadium – kick-off is at 7:30pm.