North Qld boss Matheson: Crowds will get bigger
North Queensland Fury boss Don Matheson is confident that the crowds at Dairy Farmers Stadium will increase.
After just 8,897 fans turned up for the club’s season opener against Sydney FC on Saturday evening, Matheson said he was disappointed but upbeat about forthcoming matches.
He also was confident that the players would take care of the on-field duties.
"In terms of atmosphere, those who were there made a hell of a lot of noise. They almost lifted the roof off, so that was great," Matheson said. "But we had hoped for more.
"Still, when you put it in perspective, we didn't do that bad. I think the (Central Coast) Mariners got 5900 in their first (home) game in the A-League in season one.
“I was very happy with the way things turned out on Saturday," Matheson added.
"Of course, we would have liked to have won the game, but that's football.
"The big thing is that the side showed that it has a terrific attitude and a never-say-die character that the fans will warm to and appreciate.
"The boys were a bit starstruck in the first 20 minutes and that hurt us, but once they settled down they were terrific."
The Fury’s next home game is in round 3, Saturday August 22, against last season’s champions Melbourne Victory.