Glory remain winless

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A second slow start in as many games has put Perth Glory on the back foot this W-League season, as the side remains winless.

Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Sydney FC left last year’s grand finalists with no points from their first two games.

Glory have conceded five goals, all of which have come in the first half of games and four inside the first 11 minutes.

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Perth struggled in their efforts to play the ball out from the back on Sunday and the Sydney forwards capitalised on the chances they were offered.

Glory coach Bobby Despotovski was disappointed his side was unable to improve on their poor start from a fortnight ago.

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“The start was not what we expected and we’ll address that again on the training ground and move on,” he said.

“The first ten minutes was identical to the Canberra game.”

Sydney striker Remy Siemsen was released forward and found the back of the net with a clever goal from an acute angle inside three minutes.

Before a critical error playing out from the back by Ari Romero gifted Siemsen her second goal less than three minutes after.

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Perth seemed contempt to sit back and give Sydney the bulk of possession in the first half but defensive lapses made that untenable.

Sydney’s ability to overlap with their full-backs stretched the home side’s defensive zone and was a contributing factor to the third goal when Princess Ibini found her way into the box before being chopped down and earning a penalty.

“In the first half, we were not smart enough to close down their full-backs at the right times,” Despotovski said.

“They exposed us down the left and the right size and that cost us the goals.

“At half time we addressed that.”

An improved second half from Perth yielded their first goal for the season, but if it was not for an excellent display of goalkeeping from Eliza Campbell, they would have conceded at least once more.

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Romero and Julia Sardo both looked vulnerable at the back at times, compounded by a facial injury to Sardo in the second half.

A change of mindset from Campbell – dictated by the scoreline – to play long from the back instead of controlling possession in defence took immense pressure off the back four.

“We set ourselves a target not to lose the second half and to pinch a goal is a credit to our players,” Despotovski said.

Perth will have to work to not concede in the first 11 minutes when the Newcastle Jets and Canberra United, both at Dorrien Gardens.

Feature Image Credit: Vision Inspired Photography

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