Popovic happy with ‘attitude and application’


Head Coach Tony Popovic felt his Glory charges showed further signs of improvement in another friendly victory, this time over Gwelup Croatia.

Chris Harold (2), Andy Keogh, Ivan Franjic, Jacob Italiano and Brendon Santalab all found the net in a 6-0 win over the State League outfit at Dorrien Gardens on Wednesday evening.

The victory followed a similarly dominant display against Perth SC last midweek and Popovic believes that his side are making steady progress.

“It’s part of pre-season and we’re thankful for the game because we need games,” he said.

“We didn’t pick up any injuries, so we’re very pleased about that.

“The players have been working very hard, so they might have been a bit flat tonight in the way they felt.

“But I thought their attitude and application was good. We saw some little improvements and we’ll get back on the training ground now and keep working.

“I didn’t expect any significant progress, just a few little things that we’ve been working on that came up maybe a few more times in this match.

“It’s all part of the process. There are a lot of new faces settling in, but we’re happy with the way the players are going at this time.”

Brendon Santalab v Gwelup Croatia

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Next on the agenda for Glory is, of course, Monday night’s glamour friendly against Chelsea at Optus Stadium and Popovic is relishing the prospect of facing the EPL giants.

“We’re going to be the best we can be against Chelsea,” he said. “We’re looking forward to it and are excited by the game.

“We’ve had a couple of hit-outs now which will hopefully help us for Monday and why wouldn’t be we look forward to playing in front of  50,000-odd people in a friendly game?

“It’s fantastic for our club to come up against a top opponent with so much history and we’re all excited.”

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Pictures courtesy of Frozen In Motion Photography