W-League: Bobby’s Glory bounce back to beat Victory

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Perth Glory Coach Bobby Despotovski highlighted midfield dominance as being pivotal to his side’s 3-1 comeback win against Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium.

A Samantha Kerr brace helped Glory reclaim top spot in the W-League with Despotovski stressing the importance of Perth’s first goal after going behind early in the second half.

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“Once we scored that first goal we just slowly started taking over the game,” Despotovski said.

“Second half we took over the midfield and that was the key for us.

“If the midfield gets on top of them we have two quick strikers we can play balls to.”

In a first half of few chances Perth’s Racquel Rodriguez blazed the best opportunity for either side over the bar on 16 minutes after Kim Carroll had squared a ball into the box.

The deadlock was broken by the visitors early in the second half when Natasha Dowie steered Melina Ayres’ dinked cross into the bottom right corner past a helpless Gabrielle Dal Busco.

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Victory’s lead was short-lived as Glory’s Rachel Hill hit back with an immediate reply after doing well to stay on her feet while rounding Casey Dumont and firing Perth back on level terms.

Two clinical Kerr strikes helped put a draw beyond reach of the Victory with combination play between Hill, Kerr and Nicola Bolger pleasing Despotovski, who acknowledged the early pressure applied by Melbourne.

It was far from easy work for Glory who were made to work for the win but Despotovski praised the confidence and determination his side showed in breaking down the Victory.

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“To be fair they put us under pressure,” Despotovski said.

“I was [confident] because the girls were confident and you can see that in their demeanour.

“They didn’t drop their heads they know what we have to do.”

Perth will want to keep its momentum going when they face Canberra United at McKellar Park next Saturday, whilst Victory host Western Sydney Wanderers at Lakeside Stadium on Friday.

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Connor Gibbons
Connor Gibbons
Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.

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