Grant eager to extend unbeaten run


Perth Glory FC defender Alex Grant believes this Saturday’s match against Brisbane Roar will be a good opportunity for the team to maintain their positive momentum.

While points have been tough to come by away from home for Glory this season, a point against Victory on Sunday was a step in the right direction.

“That’s something we really focused on ahead of the Melbourne game, was our away form. It hasn’t been the best this season,” said Grant.

“Not only ourselves, but every team will focus on picking up points away from home. It’s massive. If you want to finish in the top six, then you’ve got to do it. So we’ll look to pick up a point, or hopefully the win away from home.”

Glory comes into the match on a four-game unbeaten streak, a run of form Grant is confident the team can improve upon.

“It’s great. Obviously everyone wants to be in a winning team. And if you’re not losing it’s also a massive bonus.

“Teams are struggling to score against us. We’re defending well as a team and as a unit, and we’re finding the back of the net now as well, which is always a positive.”

Like Perth, the hosts are on a strong run of form of their own with three straight wins, including two home fixtures.

“They’ll be full of confidence, but so are we,” insisted Grant.

Pending other Round 13 results, Glory could jump two spots on the ladder with a win over Brisbane.

Saturday, 2 January 2016
Brisbane Roar FC v Perth Glory
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Kick-Off: 2:15 PM AWST
Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Schhetinin
Fourth Official: Peter Green

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 2.00pm (AWDT) and Sky Sport X (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast: 612 ABC Brisbane, 720 ABC Perth, ABC Local Radio Qld, ABC Local Radio WA Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live.

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Brisbane Roar FC squad: 3. Shane STEFANUTTO, 5. Corey BROWN, 7. CORONA,  9. Jamie MACLAREN, 10. HENRIQUE,  11. Jean Carlos SOLORZANO, 13. Jade NORTH, 14. Daniel BOWLES, 15. James DONACHIE, 16. Devante CLUT, 17. Matt McKAY (c), 18. Javier HERVAS, 19. Jack HINGERT, 21. Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Dimitri PETRATOS, 28. Brandon BORRELLO,  36. Andre JANNESE (gk) **two to be omitted**.
Ins: 5. Corey BROWN (promoted), 16. Devante CLUT (promoted)
Outs:  Nil
Unavailable: 8. Steven LUSTICA (abdominal strain, 1 week)

Perth Glory squad: 1.Ante COVIC (gk), 2. Alex GRANT, 3.Marc WARREN, 5.Antony GOLEC, 7, Gyorgy SANDOR, 11.Richard GARCIA (c), 12.Jerrad TYSON (gk), 13.Diogo FERREIRA, 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Hagi GLIGOR, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18.Mitch OXBORROW, 19.Josh RISDON, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Jamal REINERS, 25. Jacob COLLARD, 28. Joe KNOWLES, 29. Aryn WILLIAMS. **two to be omitted**
Ins:  25. Jacob COLLARD, 28. Joe KNOWLES
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: 6.Dino DJULBIC (ankle 4 weeks), 8.Ruben ZADKOVICH (knee – indefinite) 10. Nebojsa MARINKOVIC (hamstring 1-week), 16. Sidnei SCIOLA (hamstring- 1 week) 20.Guyon FERNANDEZ (hamstring- indefinite)