“We don’t feel that we’re the finished article just because we’ve had three good results” – Popa


Tony Popovic has stressed that there is no danger of his Glory side getting ahead of themselves as they look to continue their impressive recent run of form at the expense of Central Coast Mariners in Tuesday’s clash at Central Coast Stadium (kick-off at 4pm WST).


The men in purple will head to Gosford having won their last three games on the bounce, scoring 11 goals and climbing to fourth spot on the Hyundai A-League ladder in the process.

But the Head Coach feels that there is still plenty of improvement to come from the reigning Premiers.

“We don’t feel that we’re the finished article just because we’ve had three good results,”he said.

“There’s a lot of work ahead for us and that is why we are literally taking it one game at a time.

“This is another opportunity for us to continue our growth and show our improvement.

“We can see from training that the players are really focused and determined to keep this run going.

“If we’re to do that, we know we have to perform.

“If our performance is of a high level, we give ourselves a chance.”

The Mariners have won each of their last two home games, against Western United and Adelaide United respectively and Popovic feels that they will provide a stern test at a venue where Glory took their tally of wins to four from 20 visits by claiming six points last term.

 “We are playing away from home which is always difficult,” he said, “and we’re playing a team that will be quite buoyant themselves after a good recent result at home against Adelaide.

“We know it will be a difficult challenge, another tough one for us.

“We respect our opponents – they beat us here in Perth and are doing well and getting some good results.

“But we’ve also improved and are a different team, so we go into this game confident that we can continue on.”

Popovic went on to confirm that defensive duo Osama Malik and Dino Djulbic will both miss the Round 12 game due to their respective hamstring and ankle injuries.