Ikonomidis ‘in a good place’ ahead of Phoenix clash


Chris Ikonomidis is fully fit, in a great frame of mind and confident that the goals are soon going to flow for the Glory frontline.


The 24-year-old, who underwent shoulder surgery in the off-season, took his Glory goals tally into double figures with a fine finish against Brisbane Roar in Round One.

And after picking up a point from both that game and last week’s trip to Western United, he believes that the men in purple are well capable of securing a first win of the campaign against Wellington at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.

“What we’ve got to improve is the length in which we dominate matches,” he said.

“Obviously we started both matches quite strong and it’s just a matter of getting our fitness and conditioning right to see out the games.

“We always come out strong and kind of squeeze out teams, especially in the first half.

“It’s a matter of tightening things up and not letting them back into the game.

“We’ve got all the means to prepare ourselves physically for the travel [to Wellington] and we’re all really excited for the game.

“It’s a huge stadium to play in and sometimes you feel a little bit isolated in there, but we’ve been starved of games a bit these past few months, so it’s nice to have another match to look forward to.

“We got into every game with the same mindset; to dominate and play our style and we’ll work our hardest to get the win.”

At a personal level, meanwhile, the Socceroos frontman is thoroughly enjoying his football and in particular, forging what he believes will prove to be a productive onfield relationship with new recruit, Bruno Fornaroli.

“Bruno is a fantastic player and in training every day we’re learning more and more about each other,” he said.

“Things are going to start really clicking on the pitch and there are going to be a lot of chances and goals.

“He’s very good at hold-up play and creating a little bit of space in which to finish, so I watch that and take a bit of visual learning from it.

“I want to learn as much as I can from the boss [Head Coach Tony Popovic] here as well, who’s teaching me a lot.

“I’m also learning a lot from the teammates that I’m playing with at the moment, so I think I’m in a really good spot right now.”