They've built a reputation as one of the A-League's most physical teams but Perth Glory claim they are far from the schoolyard bullies of the competition.
The Glory, led by uncompromising skipper Jacob Burns, are renowned for their toughness.
With the season only three rounds old, Burns has already accumulated three yellow cards, with his no-nonsense approach striking fear into rivals.
Defender Steve Pantelidis has a history littered with yellow and red cards, Dean Heffernan is never one to take a backward step, while striker Billy Mehmet offers the Glory a strong target up front.
It's little wonder Sydney FC are bracing for a physical encounter when they come up against Perth in Sunday's clash at ANZ Stadium.
But Mehmet dismissed suggestions the Glory were overly rough.
"I don't know where they got that from to be honest," Mehmet told reporters on Wednesday.
"If you look at the stats, I think you'll find we're actually around fifth in terms of fouls committed in the league.
"If we need to be physical, we will be, but we're not a physical side.
"We pass the ball around. That's the main thing we do."
Sydney and Newcastle lead the league in fouls committed this season but both Perth and Sydney have accumulated nine yellow cards each.
The Glory sit equal on points with ladder-leading Adelaide following last week's 2-0 win over Melbourne Heart.
Sydney have only three points to their name but boast Italian great Alessandro Del Piero in their ranks.
Rather than being daunted at coming up against the legendary 37-year-old, Mehmet said Glory players were looking forward to it.
"Playing against Del Piero is going to be a good thing for a lot of the boys," Mehmet said.
"He can score goals and he can drop deep and create things, so we've just got to try and get in his face and stop him.
"But they've got other players who are dangerous as well, so it's not just all about Del Piero."