Griffiths says team is keen to make amends


Glory skipper Rostyn Griffiths is adamant the team will bounce back after Sunday’s 4-1 loss to runaway leaders Sydney FC when Adelaide United come to town.

The reigning Hyundai A-League champions are yet to win a match and come to Perth sitting in last position on the table.

Griffiths said that fact alone was good enough reason for the boys not to fall complacent and ensure they stay focused on securing maximum points.

“That’s the beauty of the A-League you know,” the skipper said.

“I think that’s the whole point of this whole salary cap that it keeps everything pretty tight and you know, like you say, one week you can be playing top and the next week you are playing sorta bottom but it doesn’t really mean too much because it’s pretty close.” 

“I think every squad has got the ability to beat the opposite team on the day and you know they’ve got some quality players. Carrusca’s back this weekend and he played last weekend as well and he’s a good quality player for them but we’re pretty confident at home.

“I think, hopefully if our fans turn up and make that 12th man for us, which they’ve been great so far this season, I just think it could be another kick for us to get back on track and get a result.”

Griffiths said the defeat to Sydney only fuels the side to get back to winning ways on Friday night.

“The scoreline reflects the poor result and a poor performance but when you look at the game back, and I’ve watched the game back twice now, there’s moments in the game where we started like a house on fire you know.”

“We could have gone up early and possibly changed the game and then obviously before you know it, we make a little bit of an error and then we are down 1-0 away from home and it’s always going to be difficult but like any positive person, there’s things that you can take out of the game and work on for next week especially at home to Adelaide, which is going to be another tough contest, but you now they’re a team that’s obviously struggling a little bit as well so hopefully we can pick up some valuable points.

The captain was substituted during the Sydney match and was visibily unhappy at Kenny Lowe’s decision to change him at what he thought was a crucial time but understands the coach’s tactical change at the time.

“I don’t think any player probably should ever be happy to come off the pitch unless you’ve scored a hat trick and you are getting applauded by all the fans but yeah I was disappointed but that’s the game.”

Perth face Adelaide at nib Stadium on Friday night.

Kick-off is at 7pm (WST).

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