North Queensland Fury coach Ian Ferguson says there is still plenty to play for in the final match of the home and away season.
After going down to Melbourne Victory 2-0 on Friday night and with bottom-placed Adelaide United defeating Brisbane Roar on Saturday, the Townsville club can still finish on the bottom of the table if they do not get a favourable result this weekend.
In that match, they take on Gold Coast United at home and Ferguson says he is happy that there is still something to play for.
''There's still a lot to play for . . . I think seventh place is still up for grabs and that's where I want the boys to go, not the bottom of the league,'' Ferguson said.
''There's plenty of motivation, plenty still to play for and it's great that it's come right down to the last game of the season.''
Ferguson revealed that the players were down after the loss to the Victory which gave them no hope of making the top six but said there are still a few other positions to aim for to finish off what has been a tough season .
''It was one of those down moments where they realise there's no more chances of making the top six so I sat down and had a chat with them and said there are spots still available for us, whether it's ninth, eighth or seventh,'' he added.
''That's what we've got to go for . . . and I think anything bar last and (the season) has been successful because we've had a lot of problems, a lot of ups and downs injury-wise and key personnel being out at times.
''It's a credit how they keep coming back and hanging in there and being as competitive as they have been - I think they've surprised a lot of people.''