Underdog tag sits well with Perth Glory

Perth Glory’s Scott Bulloch thinks the underdog tag will sit well the side going into Sunday’s knockout semi-final in Wellington.

Perth Glory’s Scott Bulloch thinks the underdog tag will sit well the side going into Sunday’s knockout semi-final in Wellington.

The Western Australian club have qualified for the finals for the first time since the inception of the A-League but the odds are stacked up against them if they are truly hopeful of winning the 2009/10 title.

An away win will be required against the Phoenix (who have not lost at Westpac Stadium since October 2008) and then three more wins on the trot, but this week’s business first.

Bulloch is happy to go into the Phoenix match as the underdog as he believes the Glory’s squad at present is as good as any other in the league.

"We'll go in with the underdogs tag but that's okay," Bulloch told au.fourfourtwo.com. "The finals series is a fresh start in a sense. We're getting influential players back at the right time and on paper we're as good as anyone else.

"I watched Wellington beat Central Coast Mariners last week and Ifill was outstanding. He has been all season," added Bulloch. "They're dangerous down the wings but we have enough players to cause them problems.

"Jon McKain and Andrew Durante have been very strong for them at the back but I think Daniel McBreen will be out to cause all sorts of problems."

The Glory take on the Phoenix at Westpac Stadium this Sunday – kick-off is at 5:00pm local (3:00pm AEDT).