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Ferguson finding Perth balancing act tough
By Chris Pike
15:22 AEST Sun Jan 20 2013

Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson appears to be getting both parts of his juggling act wrong, his A-League club slipping further down the competition table and losing another talented youngster.

The Glory lost 1-0 at home to Melbourne Victory with the grand finalists from last year dropping to eighth position.

Afterwards, Ferguson admitted he was finding it hard to get the mix right between playing good football now and planning for the future.

"I'm trying to take the club forward and it is a longer plan than just this season. At the end of the season we will go over a lot of things that I feel (have) to be done to take the club forward with the youth development and so on," Ferguson said.

"There has been big cuts at the club and to make it survive and sustain where it's at, that was our plan.

"There has been a lot of money taken out of budgets right across the club so we were planning for a year or two down the line with those young players."

The Glory have already lost Jesse Makarounas to the Victory, the talented teenager unable to break into the Glory side with the likes of Liam Miller and Steve McGarry keeping him out.

While he was in Ferguson's long-term plans, a two-and-a-half year deal at the Victory proved too tempting.

"It was tough for the kid. He was with us two years, but I want to make it clear and say that I didn't want him to go," Ferguson said.

"I wanted to sign him up for next year as well, but unfortunately his head space was somewhere else and he wanted to go.

"We won't stand in anyone's way who is unhappy, he was frustrated and wanted game time.

"I can't promise anybody game time, but I am sad to see him go because I think he was one for the future.

"I look at these boys that I'm playing at the moment and they got us to a grand final last year. I really feel as though we've got to be loyal to them as well and give them a chance."

Meanwhile Victory coach Ange Postecoglou is hoping his side can pick up in attack when they play Sydney FC on Australia Day.

Even though the Victory came away with a crucial three points against Perth their only goal was an own one from the Glory's Scott Jamieson.

The three points kept the Victory in touch with second-placed Adelaide United and the table-topping Central Coast Mariners as they prepare to host Sydney FC and Alessandro Del Piero at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Despite securing a win in Perth, Postecoglou says his charges need to capitalise on their chances.

"I was just disappointed that we didn't execute because we could have made the game a lot easier for ourselves," he said.

"In terms of our progression, it's been a couple of weeks now where we've created pretty good opportunities and not executed."