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17.1.2020

GLORY LOOK FOR CLUB RECORD AGAINST WANDERERS

Perth Glory will be looking for a new Hyundai A-League record club record on Sunday when they travel to Bankwest Stadium to take on Markus Babbel’s Western Sydney Wanderers (kick-off at 3.30pm WST). Glory Head Coach Tony Popovic has stated his side's determination to secure a sixth successive win in Sunday's Round 15 clash. Glory made it five on the bounce by downing Adelaide United last time out, thereby equalling the club's best ever run of consecutive victories which was set twice in the 2015-16 season.

But Popovic is adamant they still have plenty to prove going forward. "The morale is very high at the moment and everyone at the club is happy with the run that we're on," he said. "But we're also seeing a determination from the players that they want to keep this going and that's important. Not long ago we were at the bottom of the table, so we know what that feels like as well and we don't want to take our run for granted. It's another opportunity on Sunday to extend the run.

“We have a chance to do that away from home against a big club and we're looking forward to playing at the new stadium and seeing if we can get another win. We haven't discussed it as a group [the possibility of setting a new club record], but I think the players are aware that it would be a first for the club. You have to put yourself in a position to achieve that and now we have a chance. It's a credit to them [the players] that it's a discussion point. The players are really working hard on the training pitch to give ourselves a chance to do it."

Despite Wanderers' form tailing off after they opened the campaign by winning three on the spin, Popovic is still expecting his former side to make life difficult for the visitors. "Western Sydney have maybe been the opposite to us," he said. They made a great start to the season and now they're having a bit of a bad run in terms of results. "So, we understand that in front of their home fans they'll be desperate for a win and we have to be prepared for that.

“But we also need to show them that we're a team that wants more. We're not satisfied with what we've done so far, we want to keep improving and keep getting more results. It's a great challenge. It's a beautiful stadium and a great pitch and it's a great opportunity to showcase our football." In terms of injury news, Popovic is hopeful that both Juande (groin) and Chris Ikonomidis (knee) will be fit enough to come into his selection thoughts this weekend.

"Chris will train today, but not with the group," he said. "He's certainly getting better and we're very happy with his progress. "We're probably a little bit surprised that after that challenge that he's recovered so quickly. "We still have four days to go and we're optimistic that he'll be fine. Juande will train today with the group and if he gets through today and tomorrow, he'll be a part of the squad. Osama [Malik] is still not right for this week, but he is joining in with most of the drills today which is another step forward. He's getting closer."

Glory will be out to extend an impressive recent run against the red-and-blacks which has seen them lose just one of the last ten meetings between the two clubs. The WA side have also lost just once on their travels this term, while Wanderers have recorded two wins, two draws and two defeats in their six home games to date.

Western Sydney sit in eighth spot but, significantly, are just a point outside of the top six and Head Coach Markus Babbel believes the finals are well within reach. “If we fix a few things then I am very optimistic we will get the right results and play a better style of football,” he said. “Everything that the supporters expect, we can bring it on the pitch. It’s up to us, no-one else ... the truth is on the pitch.”

“What I like in this league, maybe Sydney FC has it over the others, but the rest of the league is 50-50 games. We know this (Perth) is an experienced side with a lot of individual quality, but if we stay in the structure then they will have a problem with us. If we don’t then they have the quality to hurt us.”

“I still feel we can have the turnaround and we can come in the playoffs. This is the target. If you look at the (competition) table this is not a big step to do, but we have to do it. We are not getting more games we are getting less so we have to start getting points. The season is not finished. We are working hard. Don’t worry, we will come in the top six and (then) everything is possible.”

Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: GK Daniel LOPAR, RGK Nicholas SUMAN, 4 Dylan MCGOWAN, 5 Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6 Matthew JURMAN, 7 Mitchell DUKE, 8 Jordan O’DOHERTY, 9 Nicolai MULLER, 11 Bruce KAMAU, 16 Mathieu CORDIER, 19 Pirmin SCHWEGLER, 21 Tarek ELRICH, 22 Nicholas SULLIVAN, 23 Kosta GROZOS, 27 Kwame YEBOAH, 31 Noah PAGDEN, 33 Tate RUSSELL, 34 Patrick ZIEGLER, 35 Mohamed ADAM, 52 Mohamed AL-TAAY - *2-4 to be omitted* - Ins: O’DOHERTY (promoted), KAMAU (promoted), CORDIER (promoted), AL-TAAY (promoted) - Outs: 59 Dean PELEKANOS (not selected), 62 Ali AUGLAH (not selected) - Unavailable: 10 Radoslaw MAJEWSKI (knee), 13 Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS (international duty), 17 Keanu BACCUS (international duty), 20 Vedran JANJETOVIC (shoulder), 29 Daniel WILMERING (knee)

Perth Glory squad: GK Liam REDDY, RGK Tando VELAPHI, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Jacob TRATT, 4 Gregory WUTHRICH, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 8 James MEREDITH, 9 Bruno FORNAROLI, 12 Kim SOO-BEOM, 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 17 Diego CASTRO, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20 Jake BRIMMER, 23 Dane INGHAM, 27 JUANDE, 28 Gabriel POPOVIC, 29 Kristian POPOVIC, 88 Neil KILKENNY - *1-3 to be omitted* - Ins: JUANDE (returns from injury) - Outs: Nil - Unavailable: 6 Dino DJULBIC (ankle – indefinite), 13 Osama MALIK (hamstring – 1 week), 18 Nicholas D’AGOSTINO (international duty) - Referee: Adam Fielding

17.1.2020

WANDERERS UP NEXT FOR DESPOTOVSKI’S SIDE

Perth Glory Womens side are coming off the bye and head to high-flying Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday focused on bringing home their first three points of the season (kick-off at 1pm WST). The Westfield W-League Round 10 fixture is part of a double-header at Bankwest Stadium, with the respective clubs' Hyundai A-League teams in action later in the day.

Head coach Bobby Despotovski, who does, of course, know a thing or two about scoring having bagged a Glory club record 129 goals during his playing days, has urged his players to be more creative and clinical in the final third and confirmed that the search for greater potency going forward has formed a major part of his side's preparations for Sundays showdown.

"We are working on scoring more goals, so the primary focus has been predominantly on creating more chances and converting more chances," he told the Glory website. "We do create chances, but our conversion rate is not as good as it has been in the last three or four years. We have a couple of new strikers and are a work in progress and everyone is working really hard to get us to where we want to be."

Glory will be up against a Wanderers side which has lost just once this season and Despotovski is expecting the hosts, who are managed by former Glory defender Dean Heffernan, to provide a stern test. "Western Sydney are one of the strongest teams in the league and it's going to be a very hard game, but our focus will be to play our own brand of football," he said.

"Players usually lift when they're playing against top teams and I'm expecting our girls to be at 150%. We know that if we give them [Western Sydney Wanderers] a sniff, they are going to score, so we need to limit their opportunities and try and create a goal or two ourselves."

Following the Wanderers game, Despotovski’s side are in action at Newcastle on Thursday and will therefore be staying over in New South Wales, a move which the coach feels is essential given the tough scheduling. "With the normal travel arrangements, we'd have travelled back on Monday, had recovery on Tuesday and then on Wednesday we'd have been back on the 'plane," he said.

"So, we'll stay over and that will minimise the impact on the girls' bodies. It'll be good to have the extra time together. Morale [in the group] is as high as ever and the simple reason for that is, we have been playing some good football, the girls believe in the process that we're putting in place and they have been working extra hard."

It’s a big day for former Glory player Ella Mastrantonio, who will play her 100-game milestone in the Westfield W-League. “I think it is definitely a huge thing and I couldn’t think of a better club to do it with than the Wanderers,” said Mastrantonio. “But, for me, it will be like just any other game. We need to bounce back after our loss to Brisbane last week which has hurt us quite a bit. I’ll be raring to go against Perth, but, just the same, very proud of my achievement.”

The 27-year-old admitted she has had her ups and downs as a professional player. Born and raised in Fremantle, Mastrantonio started her senior career with her home club Perth Glory in 2008 then went back and forth between Glory and Melbourne Victory over the next nine seasons, racking up 92 games in the process. Mastrantonio made the move to the Wanderers at the start of the season and hasn’t looked back.

The midfielder has played in all seven games and been integral part of the club’s emergence as a serious title contender. “It’s been a journey and I have grown and as person and as a player over the years,” she said. “I am very proud of my achievement and hope to get a win and celebrate just the way I want it. When I signed with the club, I knew they meant business, we all mean business with the squad we have assembled with the coaching staff, the backing of the club, the goals are still to go as high as possible and win everything we can.

“I think we are doing pretty well so far but it is only halfway. It only counts at the end of the season and hopefully, we will have a couple of trophies in the cabinet. We just need to bounce back against Perth, who we will not underestimate. Last week was just one of those games. We had multiple chances to score before Brisbane did. Now we just need to pressure ourselves and challenge ourselves to bounce back in a special way because it will be huge and help set us for rest of season to come home strongly.” In terms of team news, Glory have no fresh injuries to report and include Julia Sardo for the trip, while Wanderers could be without American import Kristen Hamilton, who will be away on international duty, as well as Irish forward Denise O'Sullivan whose guest-player stint has come to an end.

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: GK Sophie MAGUS, GK Courtney NEWBON, 2 Alix ROBERTS, 3 Sam STAAB, 4.Caitlin COOPER, 5.Courtney NEVIN, 6.Denise O’SULLIVAN, 7.Amy HARRISON, 8.Erica HALLOWAY, 9.Lynn WILLIAMS, 10 Kyra COONEY-CROSS, 11 Cortnee VINE, 15 Alex HUYNH, 16 Liana DANASKOS, 20 Vesna MILIVOJEVIC, 21 Ella MASTRANTONIO, 23 Kristen HAMILTON - *two to be omitted* - Ins: ROBERTS (promoted), WILLIAMS (returns from international duty), MAGUS (promoted) - Outs: 1 Abby SMITH (knee) - Unavailable: 40.Jada WHYMAN (knee)

Perth Glory squad: GK Eliza CAMPBELL, GK Morgan AQUINO, 3 Kim CARROLL, 4 Ayesha NORRIE, 5 Shannon MAY, 6 Arianna ROMERO, 7 CELIA, 8 Morgan ANDREWS, 9 Crystal THOMAS, 10 Julia SARDO, 11 Leticia MCKENNA, 14 Caitlin DOEGLAS, 16 Isabella WALLHEAD, 19 Hana LOWRY, 24 Natasha RIGBY, 28 Katarina JUKIC - *one to be omitted* - Ins: SARDO (promoted) - Outs: Nil - Unavailable: nil - Referee: Isabella Libri

15.1.2020

GLORY SET TO SIGN BACK-UP KEEPER FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CAMPAIGN

Perth Glory are on the verge of signing goalkeeper Daniel Margush as they prepare for their first Asian Champions League campaign. The club are allowed to increase their ACL squad to 30 players and are in talks with 22-year old Margush, who became a free agent when released by Adelaide United on Sunday.

Margush, currently with the Olyroos at the AFC Under-23 championship in Thailand, would compete with veteran Liam Reddy and reserve goalkeeper Tando Velaphi. The Adelaide-born shot-stopper made his A-League debut in the 2015/16 season but has made only six more appearances for his hometown club.

14.1.2020

OLYROOS INTO QUARTER-FINALS

The Olyroos booked a spot in the quarter-finals of the AFC U-23 Championship after a 2-1 win against hosts Thailand and a tense 1-1 draw against Bahrain on Tuesday. It left them top of Group A and a meeting with Syria in the Quarter Finals on Saturday evening. Perth Glory striker Nicholas D'Agostino bagged a brace as the Olyroos came from behind to beat Thailand 2-1 and leapfrog their hosts at the top of Group A.

The visitors went down after Thailand midfielder Anon Amornlerdsak netted in the 24th minute but D'Agostino levelled the scores with an angled strike two minutes before half-time at Rajamangala Stadium. D'Agostino then sent a crisp shot past Thailand keeper Korraphat Nareechan in the 76th minute to seal the Olyroos' victory. Following the match D’Agostino said that his two-goal effort for his nation ranks as one of the highlights of his developing career.

“It is definitely up there,” he said. “It is probably one of my greatest career achievements so far, it is my first Asian Cup, so I am absolutely delighted. Obviously, it was a tough game in front of the 22,000 fans that came out tonight. Thailand in their home country, it was always going to be a big game but especially going one-nil down early, that was tough, but we knew that we had the fight and courage to come back and we showed a lot of that tonight and got the result and that is massive for us.”

Australia coach Graham Arnold says his side showed great character to come from behind. "It [conceding] took the confidence out of the team for a good 10 minutes or so, but I thought after that, especially second half, we played very well and should have won by more," he said. "We have only been together as a team for a short period of time and the 23 players that we have with us have come together, and while they don't know each other perfectly you can see the improvement in every game. The conditions are very taxing and no doubt there will be more changes for the Bahrain game so that we can get fresh legs on and keep working hard.”

Against Bahrain Melbourne City striker Ramy Najjarine opened the scoring on 34 minutes, finishing with a neat left foot strike after he was played in on goal by Reno Piscopo – the Wellington Phoenix ace making his second assist of the tournament. Bahrain levelled proceedings via a free kick from Mohamed Jasim Marhoon in what was the last action of the first half, with Australia failing to capitalise on numerous second half opportunities the game ended in a draw. Still, Australia’s draw with Bahrain combined with Thailand’s draw with Iraq means that the green and gold secured top spot in their section, and finished the group stage unbeaten.

Post-match Arnold said that he was proud of his players for achieving the team’s first target of the tournament. “The most important thing was that we got through to the next phase,” he said. “It was the first time since 2014 that the Olympic team has got through this first phase, and that was our first goal. Now we really have to step up with improvement in our performance. It is a learning experience for these young kids to play in these tournaments.”

Arnold charges will have the benefit of an extra 24 hours rest and recovery to prepare for Saturday’s encounter, with Group B set to wrap up on Wednesday evening Thai time. “We have three days and the other group have got two days (to prepare for the quarter final),” Arnold added. “It is a matter of getting them (the players) fresh mentally and physically.” The AFC U-23 Championship's top three teams – the two finalists and the third-place play-off winner – will join Games hosts Japan at Tokyo 2020.

14.1.2020

O’NEILL SNARES CONTRACT IN KOREA

Brandon O'Neill has played his final game for Sydney FC after sealing his long-awaited move abroad by signing with K-League giants Pohang Steelers. The Sky Blues received an offer from Pohang last week, reached an agreement with the Korean club on Monday over an undisclosed transfer fee and announced the departure of O'Neill, who will travel to Pohang immediately to finalise his move.

O'Neill, 25, has been a mainstay of the Sky Blues side for the past four and a half seasons, making in excess of 140 appearances, playing in two Grand Final-winning sides plus a FFA Cup Final victory. The Perth-raised defensive midfielder, who spent four seasons with Perth Glory before joining Sydney, had made no secret of his desire to play eventually outside Australia.

"I love Sydney FC and I have loved every minute of my time here," O'Neill said. "I have won two championships, two premierships, the FFA Cup and been named the club’s player of the year and for that I will be forever grateful. Now is the right time for me to accept a new challenge and to move out of my comfort zone again and to see what else I can accomplish."

Coach Steve Corica praised O'Neill's contribution to Sydney. "Brandon has been immensely important to this club’s success over the last five years and I would like to thank him on behalf of everyone," Corica said. "He is an excellent player and we will be sorry to see him go, but I understand he feels he has achieved everything he can here at Sydney FC, and is keen to test himself elsewhere."

O'Neill travelled to Korea yesterday to undergo his formal medical test before signing with Pohang and being unveiled as a new signing by the club. Pohang finished fourth in last seasons' K-League, missing out on the Asian Champions League by goal difference to FC Seoul. They start the new season on 1 March with a home fixture against newly promoted Busan Il Park.

13.1.2020

CHIANESE GRABBING HIS CHANCE FOR GLORY

So long a fringe player, Perth Glory striker Joel Chianese is in the form of his life but he accepts one bad performance could see him tumble out of the starting side. The 29-year old attacker made it three goals from his past three A-League games when he scored the opener in Saturday's 3-0 win over Adelaide United.

It's been a remarkable run of form for Chianese, who has played a key role in Glory's five-game winning run during which the team have outscored their opponents 17-2. Chris Ikonomidis' dip in form opened the door for Chianese to earn a starting berth last month and the attacker took his chance with both hands. But he knows he has little margin for error if he wants to retain his spot ahead of players like Ikonomidis.

"I know with the competitive nature we've got in the team I need to play well," Chianese said. "I guess getting goals as well adds to that, hopefully it keeps me in the team. "You think, 'Oh I've scored, I should play next week'. But it's not always the case with the boss here, and that's a good thing ... If you take your foot off the pedal a little bit, somebody else will step in and take their chance."

Chianese has been a fringe player for almost his entire 114-game A-League career, which started in 2011 with Sydney FC. Glory coach Tony Popovic has been thrilled to see the veteran's improvement over the past two seasons. "He was (already) a valuable player when we came in. We just felt he was underperforming to the level that he was capable of," Popovic said.

"I don't think he was consistent enough previous to us arriving here. He always showed good little periods in a game, and we just wanted him to believe and get him to a level where he was more consistent and play longer periods at the level that he was showing in small doses. I think he's doing that a lot more now." Glory's hot run of form have seen them rocket from last spot up to third on the table.

13.1.2020

BIRIGHITTI MAKING THE MOST OF ‘MAKE-OR-BREAK YEAR’

Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Mark Birighitti insists the 2019/20 season is ‘a make-or-break year’ after he became a forgotten man at Melbourne City. The 28-year old spent four years in Europe – playing in Italy, England and the Netherlands – after catching the eye in 51 A-League appearances for the Newcastle Jets between 2012 and 2015.

Birighitti was not able to find a long-term home at Italian outfit Varese, Welsh club Swansea City or Dutch side NAC Breda and, after only 16 appearances in Holland, the Perth-born glovesman headed back down under to Victoria. Things did not go to plan in Melbourne as Birighitti slipped down the pecking order behind Eugene Galekovic and did not make an appearance in the 2018/19 campaign under then head coach Warren Joyce.

In the 2019/20 off-season, Birighitti found himself in demand from Alen Stajcic’s Mariners and the shot-stopper is now more hungry than ever to once again make a name for himself. “Spending four years abroad was a great experience,” he said. “Now I’m at [Central Coast], it’s a make or break year for me. I’m excited to be playing first team football again and enjoy what I love doing.”

Birighitti held special praise for the man who brought him to Gosford, and revealed he rates Stajcic among the best tactician’s he has ever worked with. “Everyone is united and sticking together and [Alen Stajcic] is going a great job as well as the rest of the coaching group,” he added. “Tactically, he’s one of the best coaches that I’ve had. His man management skills are top drawer.”

13.1.2020

SAGE PUTS THE HEAT ON FFA

Perth Glory owner Tony Sage has savaged Football Federation Australia for forcing Saturday’s A-League clash with Adelaide United to be played in scorching temperatures. Before the 3-0 Glory win, Sage sent A-League boss Greg O’Rourke a searing message, blaming them for possible player distress. “You wonder why nobody turns up to the stadium and the standard of football is not the best,” Sage wrote.

“We have for 14 years begged the FFA for days like today not to happen. It’s a disgrace as we originally had this game scheduled at 6.45pm and you guys allowed it to be changed to 4.30pm knowing the chances of a hot January day in Perth would be a 99 per cent possibility. It’s all on your heads but I predict a lot of player distress.”

Speaking after the match, Sage said the conditions were so bad that young midfielder Jake Brimmer had lost 1.7kg in the 34 degree heat. “He’s a slight player and on an elite athlete that’s not good,” Sage said. O’Rourke said some kick-off times were moved in a new draw when FFA signed a free-to-air deal with ABC TV in September.

The temperature at 4.30pm kick-off was 34 degrees but the wet bulb globe, a worldwide standard protocol, was reading 27 degrees, triggering a drinks break in each a half. But that heat did not deter 11,168 spectators, Glory’s best crowd of the season. “I’m absolutely proud of our fans who turned up and watched in that heat,” Sage said.

Coach Tony Popovic said conditions had been tough for the last month but his players had coped professionally. “Very challenging. Three consecutive home games in real heat, travelling to Central Coast, the conditions were difficult,” Popovic said. “A lot of new players, very difficult for them to play in those conditions.”

“Physically it’s difficult and mentally it’s difficult to stay on top of your game. It’s a summer competition. It’s tough but that’s the situation we have. It’s nothing new for us but that doesn’t make it any easier to get through a game of football. I don’t believe it makes it easier for the fans to watch a game in those conditions.”

12.1.2020

COACH FEARS FOR INJURED GALLOWAY

Melbourne City coach Erick Mombaerts fears defender Scott Galloway suffered a serious ankle injury late in Saturday's A-League draw with Brisbane. Galloway, a second-half substitute in the 2-2 draw, rolled his right ankle in stoppage time after a challenge from Brad Inman. The 24-year old limped off the field, aided by Brisbane coach Robbie Fowler, and failed to return for the final minutes of the game.

While Galloway will undergo scans today to determine the extent of his injury, Mombaerts admitted it didn't look good. "We have to wait to have the evaluation of his injury but I think it's a big injury," the Frenchman said. "The referee has to protect the player. He didn't give a yellow card but we see that he tackles the ball but he took the ankle of our player also. They (referees) can also make mistakes."

11.1.2020

GLORY CONTINUE WINNING STREAK

Perth Glory reclaimed third place on the Hyundai A-League table with a solid 3-0 win against Adelaide United at HBF Park on Saturday afternoon. In front of 11,168 supporters, the biggest crowd of the season, Joel Chianese bagged his third goal in as many games on 26 minutes, before Bruno Fornaroli doubling Glory's advantage just before the break. The scoring was completed midway through the second-half when substitute Chris Ikonomidis bustled his way in on goal and finished impressively from an acute angle.

The win was Glory's fifth in a row, equalling the club's record for consecutive Hyundai A-League wins set between January and February 2016 and Head Coach Tony Popovic was understandably delighted post-match. "It was a wonderful win," he said. "It was three goals again and a clean sheet, so we just keep moving forward and we're very pleased overall. "It's been a great run a fantastic run and we've had it real tough in the last month in terms of conditions.

"We've played three consecutive home games in the real heat and then travelling to Central Coast was difficult because of the conditions there. "It was a very disciplined and professional performance from the players today. We had to withstand some pressure early on and the boys did that really well and once we scored, we always looked a threat and created numerous opportunities.” Midfielder Neil Kilkenny said there is more to come. “It was a very professional performance from the lads tonight, it probably could have been more but it was a fantastic win,” he said. “We can’t rest on our laurels we need to go on with it now.”

It was the visitors who opened the game the better, George Blackwood firing inches wide early after meeting Michael Maria's cross, before Nikola Mileusnic low shot which flashed its way through a crowded box. But on 26 minutes it was Glory who broke the deadlock. James Meredith made inroads down the left before picking out Diego Castro who in turn found Chianese on the edge of the box and the in-form winger turned his marker with his first touch, then found the bottom corner with his second.

Glory could have doubled their advantage moments later, Kilkenny's pinpoint pass reaching Ivan Franjic as he charged into the box, but Adelaide 'keeper Paul Izzo was equal to the defender's fierce shot. The hosts were not to be denied in the final minute of the first-half, however, Castro linking up with Fornaroli on the edge of the box and the Uruguayan rifling home a shot which took a slight deflection off Adelaide skipper Michael Jakobsen.

It was nearly 3-0 early in the second half, Castro's perfectly-timed through-ball sending Chianese in on goal, but his angled shot failed to find the target. Adelaide responded by carving out a double-chance of their own, Liam Reddy doing well to parry Mileusnic's first shot and Riley McGree blasting the rebound wastefully wide. But any concerns among the home faithful that the Reds might force their way back into the contest were effectively extinguished in the 68th minute.

Alex Grant's pinpoint long ball found Ikonomidis and he showed great strength and resilience to shrug off his marker, reach the ball ahead of the onrushing Izzo and make light of a challenging angle to calmly roll it into the empty net. Glory continued to threaten to add to their tally right up until the final whistle, with Ikonomidis, Greg Wuthrich and Fornaroli all going close to making the hosts' winning margin even more emphatic. The only downside to the win was an injury to Ikonomidis who was taken out from behind by Reds skipper Michael Jakobsen late in the game.

Adelaide Coach Gertjan Verbeek believed they have been irresolute defensively and not potent enough up front. “The problems are that we are giving chances away too easy,” he said post-match. “They do have the quality to use those chances and we don’t. We also had chances but we didn’t score. They were very effective just before the drinks break and just before half-time. We started well and had our possibilities and we had a lot of the ball. But I think they wanted that, that we have the ball. They want to try and play on the transition and they did it very well.”

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 2 Alex GRANT, 4 Gregory WUTHRICH, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE (19 Chris IKONOMIDIS 60'), 8 James MEREDITH (12 Kim SOO-BEOM 85'), 9 Bruno FORNAROLI, 16 Tomislav MRCELA, 17 Diego CASTRO, 20 Jake BRIMMER (29 Kristian POPOVIC 86'), 88 Neil KILKENNY - Subs not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 3 Jacob TRATT, 23 Dane INGHAM, 28 Gabriel POPOVIC

Adelaide United: GK Paul IZZO, 4 Ryan STRAIN, 5 Michaël MARIA, 7 Ryan KITTO (16 Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS 46'), 8 Riley MCGREE, 14 George BLACKWOOD (11 Kristian OPSETH 59'), 17 Nikola MILEUSNIC (2 Michael MARRONE 73'), 22 Michael JAKOBSEN, 23 Jordan ELSEY, 26 Ben HALLORAN, 27 Louis D’ARRIGO - Subs not used: RGK Dakota OCHSENHAM, 6 Vince LIA - Referee: Alex King




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