Glory newcomers need time to settle, says Ord

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Following a frustrating 2-2 draw with the Wanderers, Perth Glory assistant coach Andy Ord says the new players need time to adjust.

Milan Smiljanic and Joseph Mills both made their full A-League debuts and Ord believes there will be plenty of opportunities for the two new boys.

“You’ve got to give people a chance to adapt to the league, and I’m certainly not going to judge them on one performance. I thought they did well”, Ord said.

“I thought Milan was excellent in the second half, he’s got good pedigree, so I don’t think it’s a shock that a player of his quality gets a chance to perform, but he’s got to find his feet.”

“Mills made his starting debut as well, and he wasn’t great in the first half, but he wasn’t alone.”

“In the second half, I thought he looked after the left side of the pitch nicely, and got himself forward to cause them problems.”

Mills replaced Marc Warren in the starting eleven, who was completely omitted from the match-day squad after a poor showing last week in the loss to Brisbane Roar in what seemed like a statement from Kenny Lowe.

Ord however, was assured in saying the team was chosen on the basis of a solid week in training.

“Well obviously the performances of people in training dictated who started the game.”

“You hope that playing well in training translates to playing well in games.”

Tony Popovic and Western Sydney Wanderers are now in sixth place, having lost only one of their opening five games of the season.

Much of that early season form is down to Brendon Santalab, who now has six goals in his past seven games.

Popovic expressed his overall delight at the performance of the team, who fought doggedly to come away with a point.

“We came back after being 2-1 down away from home, which is not easy, so it’s a good point”, Popovic said.

“There was a lot of desperation in our defending, the players were really out on their feet.”

“You could see the will and desire to get that result in the end.”

The Wanderers face Melbourne Victory in Round Six, while Perth Glory move onto table toppers Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium next Sunday in what is shaping up to be the match of the round.

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Stewart Marshall
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