Match Preview: Glory out to ‘put the package together’ – Popa


Tony Popovic is looking for a more complete performance from his charges in Saturday’s Round 5 meeting with Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium (kick- off at 2pm WST).


Glory were unable to overturn a one-goal half-time deficit against Central Coast Mariners last time out despite a dominant second-half performance, but the Head Coach is confident that his side will react well this weekend.

“We need to try and put the package together in defence and attack,” he said.

“We just need to try and complete the game and get that 90 minutes in terms of a performance that will give us a better chance of getting a result when things aren’t quite going for us on the day.

“We probably have to be more tactically disciplined so we can ride out those periods when we’re not at our best. Those periods happen to every team.”

Glory will be up against a Jets side still searching for its first win of the campaign and Popovic is expecting Ernie Merrick’s men to come out all guns blazing.

“They are at home,” he said, “so I’m sure there’ll be a lot of desperation involved with their team.

“I think we’ll see a very aggressive start from Newcastle.

“We’re expecting a tough encounter, which you always get in Newcastle.

“They are a team that always looks dangerous going forward, even though they haven’t got the results that they want so far.

“We have to be aware of that, but also know that we can cause problems to any team.”

In terms of early team news, Popovic confirmed that defender Osama Malik will be out for two to three weeks after picking up a hamstring injury against the Mariners, while Kristian Popovic remains away on international duty with the Young Socceroos.

The Jets, meanwhile, will again be without long-term absentees Wes Hoolahan and Kaine Sheppard.

Match Details

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory

McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Kick-Off: 2:00pm (WST) (5:00pm (Local))

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Gallagher

Assistant Referee 2: James Cleal

Fourth Official: Stephen Laurie

VAR: Kate Jacewicz

TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 4:45pm (AEDT), ABC TV from 5:00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 7 (New Zealand), Kayo Sports (www.kayosports.com.au) and MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers

Radio Broadcast: myfootballnation.com (1116SEN, SEN+, SEN2, SEN3, SEN SA, 6PR). 1233 ABC Newcastle, Online

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To purchase tickets visit www.a-league.com.au/tickets

Newcastle Jets FC Squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Bobby BURNS, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 9.Abdiel ARROYO, 10.Dimi PETRATOS, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 16.Matt MILLAR, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO, 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matt RIDENTON, 25.Jack SIMMONS, 28.Pat LANGLOIS, 31.Maki PETRATOS, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

**2-4 to be omitted**

Ins: 25.Jack SIMMONS (promoted), 31.Maki PETRATOS (promoted)
Outs: Nil 
Unavailable:  8.Wes HOOLAHAN (ankle – indefinite), 14.Kaine SHEPPARD (foot – indefinite)

Perth Glory squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Alex GRANT, 3.Jacob TRATT, 4.Gregory WUTHRICH, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 8.James MEREDITH, 9.Bruno FORNAROLI, 12.Kim SOO-BEOM, 14.Chris HAROLD, 16.Tomislav MRCELA, 17.Diego CASTRO (c), 18.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 19.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 27.JUANDE, 28.Gabriel POPOVIC, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 88.Neil KILKENNY

**2 -4 to be omitted**

 Ins: 8.James MEREDITH (promoted), 14.Chris HAROLD (promoted), 16.Tomislav MRCELA (returns from injury)

Outs: 13.Osama MALIK (hamstring 2-3 weeks)

Unavailable:, 29.Kristian POPOVIC (international duty)