Albano: Every game is a finals match


Perth Glory will be looking to adopt a finals mentality when it plays out the six remaining PS4NPLWA matches starting this weekend when it hosts glamour outfit Perth Soccer Club in Round 18 at Ashfield Arena on Saturday.

NPL action resumes this weekend after the State Cup final, and Glory will be looking to make amends for its loss at the hands of Subiaco a fortnight ago in some poor conditions.

“Yes it was a very disappointing loss” said youngster Gian Albano.

“We controlled the game, and not using the weather as an excuse because we still created a lot of goal scoring opportunities, and not taking those chances is what’s killing us, week-in week-out.”

The defender knows it will be a tough game against a strong Perth SC side, but he said they are looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s a must win game for us and if we create the chances we know we can create, and most importantly if we put them away, we can win the game,” he added.

“I don’t think we fear any team in the league, and we are competitive week in week out. We will have to play every game until the end of the season with a finals mentality. We have to make sure that our intensity and attitude match this.

“I am very confident that if we do this we will have a very strong finish to the season.”

Glory Coach John Gibson said the team had to focus on the upcoming game.

“We return to our home ground, three weeks after our game against Armadale was abandoned, and with teams around us on the table winning in recent weeks, we know we have to prepare well against a good Perth side,” he said.

“I’m sure the players will be doing all they can today to get the result, and turn their good approach work into goals.”

The coach was also happy for the trio of youngsters who travelled over to the Philippines with the A-League side.

“We welcome back Nikola Talimdzioski, Luca Bodnar and Joe Knowles this week, after their recent overseas tour with the A-League sides’ pre-season tour of the Philippines, it’s a great experience for them,” he said.

“It would also be remiss of me not to mention Ross Millard, whose good form has seen him recently go into camp with the Young Socceroos.”

The under 18’s kick off at 11am, the under 20’s at 1pm and the first team at 3pm.

Admission is free to all Perth Glory members.