Perth Glory defender Josh Risdon believes come A-League finals time the form book will go out the window and anything can happen.
Glory have slipped from first to fourth during a poor nine-game winless run which dates back to January 2.
The club have collected just six points from a possible 27.
However, Perth can all but book their finals spot with victory over ninth-placed Western Sydney Wanderers at nib Stadium on Saturday night.
The club remain in contention for the Premier’s Plate, but given their shaky form they appear outsiders.
Glory, though, believe they are as good a chance as anyone come finals time, should they make it.
“Once we’re in the finals anything can happen,” Risdon told FourFourTwo.
“We’re the type of team who can grind out a good result. Once the finals come around, it’s a whole new ball game and form won’t matter.”
Nick Montgomery’s last-gasp equaliser in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Central Coast was a further blow to Glory’s confidence.
Risdon insisted their poor run was not self-perpetuating mentally.
“Each week we’re going out and we know that a win will turn the tide for us and we’ll get on a good run again,” Risdon said.
“Mentally we think we can do it but each week something will happen and we won’t quite get the win.
“Hopefully this weekend we can get a good result.”
The 22-year-old said nothing had changed football-wise during the club’s winless run and blamed the streak on bad luck and individual mistakes.
Risdon has been an ever-present at right-back for Glory this campaign, playing 20 games, enjoying their stunning early season form, but looking for answers during their recent stall.
“It’s just the rub of the green at the moment for us,” Risdon said.
“We’re making too many individual mistakes and letting teams back into the game and giving up soft goals.
“Nothing has changed football-wise, it’s just mistakes which individuals are making.”
While Montgomery’s late leveller was a stunning strike, it came from a panicked clearance.
It was a hard pill to swallow for Glory, who fellow defender Scott Jamieson said were now simply desperate to end the winless run, irrespective of the performance dished up.
Risdon added: “That’s what we did when we were on top, we were getting results.
“We need to get back to that way and start to pick up a couple of results to get that confidence back before the finals.”comments