Given they sit top of the table after the opening month of football and are one of only two undefeated teams alongside Sydney FC, Perth Glory are entitled to dream.

Over the opening month, Perth have scored the equal most goals in the league while having one of the top three defensive records alongside Adelaide and Sydney.

In fact, Glory are in a strong vein of goal-scoring form having scored at least one goal in their past 16 matches which dates back to last season and is closing in on their club record of 18 games with a goal.

With 23 rounds still left of the A-League season, Tony Popovic is very aware that the current A-League season is more akin to a marathon than a sprint.

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“Everyone would like to have a good start, I wouldn’t say now that anyone who is at the bottom of the table are out of the picture to win the title, I wouldn’t say that just because we are on top we are assured of being there at the end,” he said.

“There’s a lot of work to do yes we are happy to be were we are now… but a lot of things can change,” Popovic says.

“If you win three games in a row you have to be delighted and we are, as a group and as a staff, now we’ve just got to keep moving on and like I said it is a season that can change quickly in terms of how results and momentum changes.

“We have momentum now, we want that to continue and the players have been working extremely hard to achieve these results and anything less won’t be good enough, unless we continue on this path it will change quickly.”

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Last season, Perth recorded the second-worst defensive record in the league conceding 50 goals, only narrowly better than last-placed Central Coast and Wellington Phoenix with 49 and 55 goals respectively.

Glory seemed to have addressed this issue with a tweaked formation featuring a defensive trio of Alex Grant, Shane Lowry and Dino Djublic with Socceroos Matthew Spiranovic and Tomislav Mrcela waiting in the wings.

The pairing saw Perth manage their first clean-sheet of the season as they shut Adelaide out, in part due to their improved structure.

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Yet those around the Glory are trying to keep a level-head despite their impressive opening month to start the season.

“Everyone here is very ambitious at Perth and we feel that we are taking small steps to try and be that club that expects to be around when it matters at the end of the year,” Popovic continued.

“We’re not there yet, I think that’ll take years to be that club but as a team we’ve taken big steps to give ourselves a chance,” Popovic said.

With a favourable run over the next month featuring the two bottom teams of the competition in Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix, things are going well for the boys in purple.

While the season is a marathon, Perth are looking good to be a contender for the glory at season’s end.

Feature Image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

 

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