Nth Qld coach Ferguson aware of wounded Gold Coast

North Queensland Fury coach Ian Ferguson knows exactly what his Gold Coast United counterpart Miron Bleiberg is going through.

North Queensland Fury coach Ian Ferguson knows exactly what his Gold Coast United counterpart Miron Bleiberg is going through.

The Fury had a terrible start to their A-League life, losing their first three matches including a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of United in round 2, but have picked their game up in recent weeks and are looking to fight their way up the table.

On the other hand, Gold Coast copped a 6-0 thrashing at Wellington on the weekend but Ferguson knows all too well how determined they will be to get themselves back on track.

''I know the feeling, I know what Miron's (Gold Coast coach Bleiberg) going through right now - he's probably disillusioned with his squad, the same way I was,'' Ferguson said.

''But you have to regroup and you have to get on with it, there's no use feeling sorry for yourself, there's another opportunity on Saturday to do something about it.

''They'll be up for it.

''They've got good players there, they'll be hurting as much as we were,'' Ferguson added.

''We didn't bounce back straight away, but what we did do is we regrouped and we put in a lot better performance and they'll probably try and do the same thing.''

The first-year A-League clubs, North Queensland and Gold Coast, do battle in their second derby this Saturday at Skilled Park.