Perth Glory Youth midfielder Henry Hore was on target in the Foxtel Y-League game but it wasn't enough to seal a win.

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Perth Glory have dropped to eight on the Hyundai A-League table after a 2-1 loss to Newcastle Jets at nib Stadium on Saturday night. Joe Knowles strike, his first in the A-League, looked to have won it for Kenny Lowe’s side but late goals from John Koutroumbis and an unfortunate own goal by Jeremy Walker gave the Jets the points.

Glory coach Lowe was left disappointed with the VAR for the first goal, as his team slipped to defeat, it’s second consecutive on home soil. “I’m astonished,” Lowe said. “Why wasn’t it scrubbed out by the VAR? What was happening? Were they having a cup of tea at the time, had they clocked off, was it too late for them? He pushes Millsy to the floor. It left a big hole. How wasn’t it picked up, everyone else saw it. It’s a definite foul. It’s a foul all day long. I’m astounded that the VAR did not pick it up. It’s getting beyond a joke.”

It was a scrappy opening, with clear cut chances few and far between, but it was the Glory, who began to take control. First an early penalty appeal was turned down when Knowles went down under pressure from Nigel Boogaard and then Mitch Nichols produced a spectacular chip shot that forced a brilliant save from Jets veteran keeper Glen Moss.

But on 20 minutes the Glory took a deserved lead. Knowles getting on the end of a low cross from the left from Joseph Mills, the striker firing home his first goal at this level. It was nearly 2-0 when a Chris Harold shot was fumbled by Moss, but Mitch Nichols failed with the rebound. Then moments later teenager midfielder Jacob Italiano raced into the area, his first cross-shot was easily dealt with by Moss but his second caused panic in the Jets defence. Harold, in his 150th A-League game, then headed wide before the break while the Jets did not cause the Glory defence too many problems.

Harold had another chance early in the second period, getting his boot to a neat Nichols cross but pushed the ball over the bar. Jets sharpshooter Roy O’Donovan, out injured for the past three weeks, had been waiting menacingly on the bench. He entered the fray on the hour and immediately came up with his side’s best chance only to be kept out by tenacious defending from Alex Grant.

His introduction added a thrust to the Jets attack, but the Glory suffered a blow with both Xavier Torres and Alex Grant both limping off with injuries, and it meant a re-shuffle at the back with Jacob Poscoliero slotting in the back four with Shane Lowry, while Diego Castro came on for his Spanish team mate.

There were another anxious moments when Glory keeper Liam Reddy stayed down after diving at the feet of O’Donovan but he recovered to continue. It looked the Glory would hold on for the three points but two minutes from time the Jets levelled. Koutroumbis volleying home, courtesy of O’Donovan header from the set piece. Then in stoppage time the Jets won it, O’Donovan flicked on a corner and Walker turned the ball into his own net.

The Glory’s injury crisis deepened as key duo Alex Grant and Xavi Torres limped off on Saturday night. Both Grant (hamstring) and Torres (groin) made way in the 67th minute. The Glory already has Andy Keogh (groin), Scott Neville (groin), Adam Taggart (hamstring), Andreu (calf), Marc Warren (ankle) and Joel Chianese (collarbone) unavailable, but one bright note was the return of Castro, who came off the bench to replace Torres after three weeks out with a calf injury.

“You’ve just got to keep smiling,” Lowe said. “You just get on with stuff. You embrace it. It’s a challenge. We find out about ourselves. We’ll find out a lot about me. It’s going to be good. Somewhere down the line, the luck balances up for you.” Jets Coach Ernie Merrick said they were lucky to get the win, but he’ll take it. “I thought it was a really scrappy game, but the better team was Perth Glory without a doubt.

“The police have just come into the dressing room and charged us with stealing three points,” he said. “Sometimes you need a wee bit of luck, we’ve played some really good games and finished up either losing or getting a draw … we were a bit lucky tonight. Playing over here, and to walk away with three points is a good result for us, but it was a very, very poor performance.”



Perth Glory have put in a much-improved performance against conference leaders Melbourne City, but came away empty handed after a 2-1 defeat in Saturday’s Foxtel Y-League game at MCY Academy, La Trobe University, Bundoora. The woodwork denied the Glory just before half time, with Young Socceroo Callum Timmins shot crashing off the post. But Henry Hore did give John Gibson’s side the lead just after half time, the midfielder scoring from Yagoub Mustafa’s cross. But two late goals from Denis Genreau and substitute Marko Delic gave City all three points.

Glory defender Ollie Annis said it was good performance but ultimately two errors cost them. “I thought we were very well organised and coped well against arguably the best team in both conferences,” he said. “We worked so hard to score, and showed great determination and scrambled well to keep the lead, but it was turned around by two mistakes in five minutes, and despite pressing late we couldn’t find the equaliser are performance deserved on the day.”

City were boosted with the inclusion of former Socceroo Neil Kilkenny, but it was Glory who went close to the opener early. Choc Dau found space inside the penalty area in the opening minute, but his shot was well saved by the legs of City goalkeeper Yaren Sozer. The home side hit back and Glory custodian Jackson Lee was alert to deny Gianluca long-range effort, before defender Mitch Graham headed wide from Josh Cavallo’s corner.

Walter Scott almost got on the end of a low cross midway through the half as the Glory ended the half the better. They went even closer moments later Jack Leech losing his marker and unleashing a powerful shot that Sozer tipped over at full stretch. Then in stoppage time Ollie Annis rolled a free kick to Timmins, whose shot beat Sozer, but the post came to the rescue of the City keeper.

City were out of the blocks quickly after the break and Kilkenny’s shot flashed inches wide of the target on 52 minutes, but five minutes later it was the Glory who hit the front. Some neat build up play ended with Mustafa racing down the right, and the striker, who made his A-League debut last week, swept in a pin-point low cross and Hore fired home from close-range.

The Glory back-four were working overtime as City lifted the tempo, but on 73 minutes City drew level. Leech brought down Lucas Derrick on the edge of the area, and skipper Genreau curled home the resulting free kick. The home side then hit the front five minutes later, substitute Delic pounced on a defence error to fire into an empty net. Glory pressed late looking for the equaliser but they couldn’t find it and it was City running out 2-1 in and hard fought encounter.

“It was a very good away performance from us today, but it is a tough learning experience for the group - it was a first away trip for a majority of the squad. We were well organized which enabled us to create numerous chances which we didn’t convert,” Glory Head Coach Gibson told the Glory website.

“Unfortunately both goals we concede were cheap and soft - both coming from us having possession of the ball. Plenty of positives and a wonderful 48 hour away experience for the players. “We deserved more - but the tiniest of details are again our nemesis - we limited their opportunities - their goals came from a direct free kick and a poor back pass. “On the flip side we create many opportunities - we were very competitive and went head to head away from home with a very tough Melbourne City Team.”



Perth Glory will be hoping to bounce back from last week’s narrow 0-1 loss against Central Coast Mariners when they host high flying Newcastle Jets at nib Stadium on Saturday evening in the Star Wars Round. The force has taken over Round 10 of the Hyundai A-League, with Star Wars themed match day experiences, prizes & giveaways, Star Wars themed Hyundai A-League merchandise and much, much more get your tickets - kick off 7pm.

The Glory will be hoping to maintain an impressive home record against Newcastle Jets who have lost on 11 of their last 12 visits to nib Stadium. But they will still be without skipper Andy Keogh, who hasn’t been named in the squad, after failing to recover sufficiently from his groin injury, but it’s a special day for winger Chris Harold, who plays his 150th A-League game. Harold has had five years in the West after moving over from the Gold Coast, and he likes playing the Jets the 25-year-old has scored more times against them than any other club, bagging five in 17 appearances, with two of those goals coming during their 6-1 triumph at McDonald Jones Stadium in January 2016.

He told the clubs website he has enjoyed his time in the West. “When I left Queensland and the Gold Coast, I was very different, much younger, less educated and a more stupid person,” he joked. “So I’d like to think that I’ve developed a bit as a person in that time. I’ve always been treated very well by the Glory members and fans. I like to think they recognise that I’ve shown loyalty to the club and that there is a level of respect there. They have always been very supportive of me and it hasn’t gone unnoticed - I really appreciate that support.”

The Newcastle Jets will head west in confident mood, Ernie Merrick’s side have already won three times on the road this season and scored a competition-best 21 goals in nine games. Midfielder, Ben Kantarovski will also play his 150th game fir the Jets, while they have been bolstered by the additions of Roy O’Donovan and Wayne Brown to the travelling squad, but Merrick won’t make any decision on their inclusion in his side until match-day.

Merrick said that while the trip to Perth was a big ask, the club have had a favorable draw in the 2017/18 season. “We’ve got quite a good draw this season, only travelling to both Perth and New Zealand once – so we don’t have much to complain about there,” he said. “But there’s no doubt that flying that sort of distance does impact performance and we have to do our best to manage that. They’ve got a very parochial crowd over in Perth and that’s a great advantage for them, they’ll be primed for a big match after a tough run over the last month playing a number of away games.”

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, GK Nick FEELY, 2 Alex GRANT, 4 Shane LOWRY (c), 5 Jacob POSCOLIERO, 6 Mitch NICHOLS, 8 Xavi TORRES, 11Mitch MALLIA, 14 Chris HAROLD, 15 Brandon WILSON, 16 Joseph MILLS, 19 Joe KNOWLES, 20 Jake BRIMMER, 24 Callum TIMMINS, 26 Jacob ITALIANO, 29 Jeremy WALKER, 34 Yagoub MUSTAFA - *one to be omitted* - Ins: TIMMINS (promoted) - Unavailable: 3 Marc WARREN (ankle – 4-5 weeks), 7 Joel CHIANESE (collar bone – 1 week), 9 Andy KEOGH (groin – 1 week), 22 Adam TAGGART (hamstring – 1-2 weeks), 17 Diego CASTRO (calf – 1-2 weeks), 18 Andreu GUERAO (calf – 1-2 weeks), 23 Scott NEVILLE (groin – 1-2 weeks), 25 Daniel STYNES (hamstring – 1-2 weeks),

Newcastle Jets: GK Glenn MOSS, GK Ivan NECEVSKI, 3 Jason HOFFMAN, 4 Nigel BOOGAARD, 5 Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6 Steven UGARKOVIC, 7 Dimitri PETRATOS, 9 Roy O’DONOVAN, 10 Wayne BROWN, 12 Mario SHABOW, 13 Ivan VUJICA, 15 Andrew NABBOUT, 16 Nick COWBURN, 18 Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19 Kosta PETRATOS, 22 Lachlan JACKSON, 24 Joe CHAMPNESS, 44 Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY - *two to be omitted* - Ins: O’DONOVAN, BROWN (both return from injury) - Unavailable: 1.Jack DUNCAN (foot – 5 weeks), 8.Ronald VARGAS (ankle – indefinite) 17. Daniel GEORGIEVSKI (knee – 2 weeks)



Perth Glory headed to take on Central Coast Mariners without striker Andy Keogh, who failed a fitness test on his injured groin, but his disappointment was youngster Yagoub Mustafa’s joy. With the club having a long list of injuries Coach Kenny Lowe has dipped into the clubs youth set up to give these players a taste of A-League football.

Jacob Italiano and Daniel Stynes have showed the talent the club has coming through the ranks. Add to that Young Socceroo midfielder Callum Timmins has been in the squad for the past fortnight, while last week 18-year-old Mustafa was given his opportunity, coming off the bench for his A-League debut.

Winger Mustafa, who was five when he came to Perth from the Sudan, was spotted playing for Inglewood United in the NPLWA, by then Glory youth coach Bobby Despotovski two years ago. Despite missing several weeks of the last NPL season after having his appendix removed, he did enough to earn his A-League debut in Gosford. “I started playing for fun, kicking the ball around with mates. I didn’t expect it to lead to serious stuff,” Mustafa told the West. The speedy winger was told to pack his bags by the coaching staff after last Friday’s training, when Keogh failed a late fitness test, and he was on the plane.

“On Sunday Kenny and the players just told me to enjoy myself, treat it as a normal game and have fun,” he said. “They told me to be ready as I’d most likely be getting on and when I did it went very quickly. “It was intense. I didn’t have much time on the ball like you do with the youth team.”

Glory head of football Jacob Burns said Mustafa was a player for the future. “He’s a serious talent on the ball offensively and is definitely one to watch,” Burns said. “He has the ability to get at defenders and almost seems to glide past them. He’s physically strong and is capable of creating assists and scoring goals.”



Perth Glory W-League striker Rachel Hill has defiantly hit the ground running since joining the club from American side Orlando Pride, and her exploits have been rewarded by winning the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) Westfield W-League Player of the Month for November. The 22-year-old American has made a sensational start to her Glory career, bagging seven goals in the first six games of the season and also chipping in with several vital assists, playing a key role in driving Bobby Despotovski's side to the top of the ladder.

The US Under-20 and Under-23 international forged an instant understanding with new strike partner Sam Kerr and the duo have been on fire ever since. Hill was understandably thrilled to receive the award, but quick to acknowledge the contribution made by her teammates. “It’s a great honour to receive this award, especially with this being my first month playing in the competition," she said.

“But obviously I wouldn’t have won it without the incredible hard work of my teammates who have been fantastic. I feel that I’ve really gelled with the team and that’s down to this being such an easy group to jump into. They have been so welcoming since day one and made me feel so comfortable. We’re performing well, but are still looking to improve every time we train and play.”

PFA Executive and Matilda’s keeper Lydia Williams, added her congratulations to the in-form Glory star. “There is a host of quality foreign talent in the W-League this year and Rachel is proving to be one of the finds of the season so far,” she said. “If she keeps performing at this level, I am sure it will go a considerable way to Perth Glory being there again at the business end of the season.”



Perth Glory defender Shane Lowry says his side's 1-0 loss to Central Coast Mariners yesterday was "tough to take" after a strong defensive display. Blake Powell scored the game's only goal on 78 minutes after brilliant lead-up play from Daniel De Silva.

The defeat leaves Glory outside the top six, with Central Coast jumping up to fourth. "It's frustrating because I actually thought we defended quite well," Lowry told Fox Sports after the final whistle.

"Rocket (Liam Reddy) had one save in the first half but I think we minimised the chances against. I'm disappointed to be honest with you. We were out on our feet and stretched a bit at the end. That's the way football goes."

"It's still disappointing to lose the game. We said at half-time to try and keep it 0-0 for as long as we can. We'll go back, look at the video, dust ourselves down, we've got two home games now, we'll look forward to that."



Perth Glory youngster Joe Knowles is undaunted as he prepares for a likely first start for the season against Central Coast Mariners today. The 21-year old striker has been starved of minutes behind star trio Andy Keogh, Adam Taggart and Diego Castro in his time at the club.

But Knowles is poised for just the second start of his fledgling A-League career, with the big three all absent through injury. Keogh has not been able to shrug off a groin problem and did not join his teammates on the flight east yesterday, while Taggart (hamstring) and Castro (calf) remain sidelined.

Knowles said receiving a rare chance of his own to shine was a “lovely opportunity”. “I think every young striker would want to be in the shoes that I’m in at the minute. I’m looking forward to it,” said Knowles, who joined Glory's youth team in 2013 from ECU Joondalup.

Keogh, Taggart and Castro shared Glory’s Golden Boot award last season with 12 regular season goals each, scoring 67 per cent of the team’s goals between them. Knowles said he was happy to bide his time because he believed he was growing as a player by learning from his senior teammates on the training pitch.

“You couldn’t pick three better players in the league to learn off for my position, and they’re all in one team,” he said. “Every day I try to get better myself and with those players around me, and the coaches we’ve got here, I’m only going to get better. Hopefully one day I can get to the same technical level they are.”

“They’re obviously all top quality players so I’m just happy to be in and about and learning as much a I can off them and when I get the chance, hopefully I can take it.” Glory have been battered by injury and an onerous travel burden this season, with this weekend’s game their sixth trip in nine outings.



Australia assistant coach Ante Milicic says the Socceroos are satisfied with their 2018 World Cup draw and is already targeting qualifying for the Round of 16. Australia have been drawn in Group C for the tournament and will play France (16 June), Denmark (21 June) and Peru (26 June) at next year’s international showpiece.

Milicic, one of Australia’s representatives at the Final Draw in Moscow, said that the nation ought to be pleased with its draw. “We have to be satisfied with our draw,” said Milicic. “It is obvious when you are in Pot 4 that you are going to come up against three strong opponents, and if you look at the FIFA rankings that’s what we’ve got.”

“We will approach this group with the aim to progress to the next round, and I am sure that the players will be looking forward to the challenge. They will be looking forward to the friendly matches that we will have in March, as well as the preparation games that we will play prior to our arrival in Kazan next June.”



Central Coast Mariners moved into the top four of the Hyundai A-League after a dominate1-0 win against Perth Glory in Gosford. Second half substitute Blake Powell scored the only goal of the game, sixty seconds after coming on to the pitch, while a gritty performance at the back from the Glory almost earned them a point, but it wasn’t to be.

Kenny Lowe said his undermanned side pushed the Mariners all the way, especially missing a host of senior players, “I can’t fault their effort, their passion, their desire to work their socks off,” Lowe said of his players. “They’re a decent side, Central Coast, and I think If you look through our side we coped ever so well. In the first 20 [the Mariners] looked really dangerous. But I thought the second half could have gone either way. We were starting to feel comfortable – we weren’t disgraced here.”

Glory skipper Andy Keogh missed the game, the striker was unable to shake a groin injury, and Joe Knowles made his first start since his debut two years ago, the 21-year-old playing up top with Mitch Nichols playing just behind him, while 19-year-old debutant, Yagoub Mustafa was on the bench. The Mariners opened brightly but struggled to breakdown a defence superbly led by skipper Shane Lowry and Alex Grant. The best chances came midway through the first half when a Jake McGing cross was met by a glancing header from Kwabena Appiah, but Liam Reddy produced a great one-handed save to deny him.

Moments later, another McGing cross raced across the face of goal with Connor Pain reaching to get the final touch that skewed just wide. But the Glory ended the half well and created a couple of good chances. Nichols was involved in both of them, first dragging a low shot wide having been picked out by Chris Harold and then working another shooting opportunity, only to see Ben Kennedy stick out a left boot to block his angled strike.

The Glory went close again after the break, Jeremy Walker's cross was cleared only as far as Harold, but his goal bound effort was deflected wide by defender Alan Baro. It was backs to the wall as the Mariners lifted the tempo, dominating possession, and when Wout Brama burst free and deftly teed up Appiah in the box, but Joe Mills to get there first to clear the danger. But 12 minutes from time the Mariners got the winner. After replacing Kwabena Appiah one minute prior, Powell played in former Glory midfielder Danny De Silva, who sprinted down the wing and into the box before he cut back to Powell whose shot blasted into the net off the crossbar.

Glory skipper Shane Lowry agreed with his coach’s assessment of the game. “It’s frustrating because I actually thought we defended quite well,” Lowry told Fox Sports. “We spoke at half-time about trying to keep it 0-0 for as long as we could because we know we’ve got a lot of our injuries. It’s a tough one to take.” In better news for the Glory, injured stars Andy Keogh, Adam Taggart, Diego Castro, Scott Neville and Andreu are all likely to come under consideration for Saturday night’s visit from Newcastle Jets.



Perth Glory Youth have suffered back-to-back defeats to start their Foxtel Y-League campaign after going down 2-1 to Brisbane Roar Youth in hot conditions at Dorrien Gardens on Sunday morning. Daniel Leck and Bryce Bafford had given the Roar the advantage, but a fast finishing Glory pulled one back through substitute Michael 19 minutes from time, but they couldn’t find the equaliser.

Glory Striker Chok Dau was influential in the late resurgence from the Glory, and he said it was too little too late. “A couple of mistakes cost us today, but once we started to play our game we took control, but it was too late,” he told the Glory website. “We need to start from the get go, and put teams under pressure, we’ve given teams a head start in the game and you can’t do that in this competition. We pressed late and the lads really finished the game off well and our fitness showed, but we move on to Melbourne City next week, which is a really important game for us to get our season going.”

The game was moved to earlier in the day, as temperatures reached the high 20’s in the Perth metropolitan area, and it was Brisbane who opened the brighter and Finn Beakhurst’s shot on the run flashed wide of the target early. The Glory weren’t without early chances, and midfielder Michael McDougall made space down the left and fed Dau, whose low cross was inches away from Bayley Brown-Montgomery at the back post, before Henry Hore’s snap shot was saved low by Macklin Freke.

But on 22 minutes it was the visitors who hit the front. Defender Luke Bodnar was caught in possession by Bafford, who punished him by crossing to Leck to fire home from close-range at the back post. Glory almost hit back immediately, Dau was sent in on goal, but Kai Trewin got back with a last ditch tackle to block the strikers shot.

Glory opened the second half the better and Ollie Annis’ cross from the left found half time substitute Domfeh, but the striker couldn’t keep his shot down. But on 52 minutes it was the visitors who doubled their advantage. A great through ball from Trewin caught the Glory defence out, and Bafford raced clear, rounded Glory keeper Jackson Lee and rolled the ball into an empty net. Despite being two goals down the Glory rolled up their sleeves and started to get on top.

Skipper Hayden Stevens headed just wide, and 19 minutes from time they reduced the margin. Dau was sent clear down the right, he cut inside his marker and found Domfah, who made no mistake from four meters. It was the Glory who were ending the game the better and they almost found the equaliser four minutes from time. Stevens sent Dau racing down the right, outpaced his marker, but Freke was out quick to narrow the angle and the striker fired over the top.



Perth Glory bounced back from last week’s narrow loss against Canberra United, with Sam Kerr capping another memorable week, by doing what she does best, scoring the only goal as Glory beat Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0 in Week 7 of the Westfield W-League at the Marconi Stadium.

The hard-fought win maintained their position at the top of the table and sets up a massive game at McDonald John Stadium against the inform Newcastle Jets. The Glory skipper returned to the side fresh from having starred for the Matildas and taken out the AFC Women's Player of the Year Award. Import Raquel Rodriguez also returned from International duty to bolster the midfield, while Nicole Stanton also returned, but had to start on the bench.

It was a lively start from Bobby Despotovski’s side and Rodriguez went close early, but her shot on the turn was saved by Jada Whyman. Moments later Kerr’s shot flashed inches past the post, as they went in search of the opener. It was the Glory on the front foot and Shawn Billam’s long-range shot was wide if the target, before Marianna Tabain shot was well saved by Whyman, but at the break it was all square. Glory brought on Stanton at the break and it was more of the same after the break.

Rachel Hill and Stanton came close as the Glory continued to dictate terms, and their pressure was rewarded with the lead five minutes in. Hill sent Kerr racing clear, and the skipper made no mistake, rounded Whyman and rolling the ball home. The Wanderers looked for an immediate response and Melissa Maizels produced a smart save to deny Lo'eau La Bonta's free-kick on the hour.

The Glory custodian was at it again 12 minutes from time, again denying La Bonta, as the Wanderers continued to press. Glory almost wrapped up the point’s moments later, Kerr played in Rodriguez, but the Costa Rican international couldn’t find the target. Kerr went close to claiming a brace late on, but Whyman denied her, but it was Kerr’s goal that secured all three points.



Tempting as it would be to score against his old club, Wellington Phoenix defender Scott Galloway will settle for a clean sheet against Melbourne Victory tomorrow. The 22-year old full-back returns to the fray after a month injured on the sidelines at just the right time for Wellington, who sit bottom of the ladder.

Eighth-placed Melbourne are two points ahead, with a solitary win over Perth Glory to offset four draws and three losses. Melbourne have struggled to find the net this season, with just nine goals from eight games, and have also looked shaky defensively in conceding 12 goals. Six of the last eight goals against them have come from former Melbourne players.

Goals are few and far between for Galloway - he's scored three in the A-League to date - but he'll happily forego a fourth to concentrate on his core role at the heart of Wellington's defence. "I'll take a clean sheet," said Galloway, who played five seasons with Melbourne.

Galloway hasn't featured since limping off with a hamstring injury midway through Wellington's late October draw with Brisbane Roar. In the three games since, Wellington have conceded nine goals, and have struggled to field a consistent back four.

Galloway says it's been difficult watching from the sidelines. "It's always frustrating being on the sidelines - you always want to be out there and playing," he said. "As a team, we're just conceding too many goals, you can't win games conceding as many goals as we are."

Melbourne's equally slow start to the season isn't indicative of their potential, Galloway said. "They're a fantastic club, a fantastic team, they're just going through a rough patch now, but they've got the quality and the ability to just kick it on whenever they want. Hopefully for us it's not this week."



Partick Thistle midfielder Ryan Edwards reckons that the club’s hectic December schedule could determine their season, believing this to be a critical point in their campaign. Thistle currently sit at the bottom of the table, the same position they were in this time last year before a tremendous run of form propelled them to a top six finish.

The memory of that run is giving Edwards real hope that today’s game against Hibernians will be a platform to emulate such form as they go into eight matches in four weeks before the winter shutdown in January. “We can take encouragement that we were near the bottom at this time of year before kicking on,” Edwards said.

“Teams have picked up results against some big teams, like Dundee against Rangers, and that shows the league is getting stronger. Teams have strengthened their squad and all credit to them. We need to step up even more and I think this month will determine our season. Whether we are playing catch up after January or we are in amongst it.”

“We aren’t far away from the teams above us. It’s not nice to be at the bottom and having to rely on kicking on. We need to be more consistent instead of being in this position every year. But I can’t wait because we only had two games in November which was strange and frustrating. Everyone involved with the club is looking forward to eight games in December.”

“They come thick and fast, training will be lighter because we will be recovering and focusing on the next game. We have a lot of boys coming back from injury which has made training more competitive and lifted everyone’s game. That will be good for us going forward because it’s almost half a new team coming back.”



Perth Glory striker Andy Keogh will be given until kick-off to prove his fitness for tomorrow afternoon’s A-League clash with Central Coast Mariners. Keogh sustained nerve damage in his groin in the first half of last Friday’s win over Melbourne Victory but the injury is not as severe as first feared.

Keogh trained yesterday and although he did not finish the session coach Kenny Lowe said the Glory captain would travel to Gosford. “He trained a bit, he got through what he needed to get through so we’ll see how he goes,” said Lowe, whose team are placed fifth after eight games.

“We’ll have a little bit in the warm-up, that’s probably where we sit, give him as much time. If he doesn’t (play) so be it. We’ll deal with the cards like we’re always saying. It’s a good opportunity for young Callum Timmins who will come into the squad and Joey Knowles maybe, or maybe we chuck Mitch Nichols up there.”

Lowe said being unable to pick a settled side from an already small squad reduced by injury to key players such as Keogh, Adam Taggart, Diego Castro and Andreu was not unsettling. “It doesn’t affect the players,” he said. “It’s the most vibrant environment we’ve had in the three years I’ve been here because everyone is involved.”

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