Glory looking to make it two on the trot


Perth Glory return home on Saturday when they entertain Armadale in week 16 of the PS4 NPLWA at the Ashfield Arena.

The Glory youngsters are coming off an impressive 1-0 win at Sorrento last week, and midfielder Dejan Spaseski said it was pleasing to get the win, but they had to fight till the end.

“It was good to get rewarded for our good performances after our own mistakes have cost us points in recent weeks,” the 20-year-old explained.

“The boys fought hard for 90 minutes, plus stoppage time, and that’s what got us over the line against a physical Sorrento side,” he added.

Spaseski said they are expecting the same sort of encounter against an Armadale side desperate for the points.

“We are completely aware that Armadale will put up a great fight on Saturday as they always do, but we are ready and nothing but three points will be acceptable for us,” he said.

Glory Coach John Gibson said their performances over the past fortnight have been very encouraging.

“The past two weeks we have performed consistently against two strong sides in Inglewood United and Sorrento and put in two solid performances,” he said.

“We’ve displayed dramatic improvement this season and it’s down to the collective hard work from the whole squad, and they are improving each week.”

Gibson said last week’s win showed how far the group has come this season.

“We produced a strong performance against a good Sorrento side and earned a hard fought 1-0 win thanks to Joe Knowles’ goal,” he said.

“All-round it was another consistent performance – we defended magnificently with Nick Feely making a couple of important saves late in the game and again we created numerous chances,”

“So on the whole we deserved the win, and we are really pleased the players are now getting rewarded for their consistent performances,” Gibson added.

Saturday’s opponents Armadale sit in 11th spot on the table, five points behind the Glory youngsters, and Gibson said it will be another exciting challenge for his players.

“Saturday will be another enjoyable challenge for the group, but one we are relishing,” he explained.

“They (Armadale) are always a tough opponent – so it will be another hard challenge for us, something we look forward to.”