Perth Glory defender Michael Thwaite says revenge won’t be the motivating factor in Wednesday night’s Hyundai A-League clash with Melbourne Victory.
Glory were denied silverware last month when beaten 2-0 by Victory in the final of the Westfield FFA Cup.
The two sides meet again on Wednesday at nib Stadium with a vital three points on the line this time.
After a drought-breaking 2-1 win over Central Coast on Saturday night, Glory is off the bottom of the ladder and hoping to make a charge for the top six.
And it’s that goal which will be the driving force for Kenny Lowe’s side, not payback for the defeat in the final.
"Our last game [against Victory] was the FFA Cup final, so there's a little bit of hurt from that loss," Thwaite told reporters on Monday.
"We probably should have played the game in Perth.
“Now we have the opportunity to get the fans down and change our fortunes. It's going to be a tough test.
"I don't look at revenge. We're looking to win the game and the league."
Still seven points outside the top six, this is a huge chance for Glory to close the gap on the sides currently in the playoff places.
But it won’t be easy, with Victory sure to be smarting on the back of two straight A-League defeats.
Glory then has to back-up on Saturday night for another home clash with the in-form league-leaders Western Sydney Wanderers.
"We thoroughly believe we're going to get nine points this week and turn the season around," Thwaite said.
"It's all about momentum in the A-League. We definitely don't fear anyone.
"The ladder doesn't lie, but we're going to move up, that's for sure."
Thwaite believes Glory can turn nib Stadium into a fortress to help them reignite their finals hopes.
"No one likes coming to Perth, we know that," Thwaite said on Monday.
"Every starting passage of the game, you can see they don't want to be here. I've even experienced that at previous clubs coming to Perth…it's a helluva trip.
"We've got to make it difficult for Melbourne on Wednesday."