Perth find top form again in Jets thrashing

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Perth Glory have returned to their winning ways and are in their best form since their premiership winning season, evidenced in a 6-2 victory over Newcastle Jets.

Having scored no more than two goals in any game before their clash with Melbourne City a fortnight ago, Perth have now scored 11 in the three games since and have done so with Bruno Fornaroli and Diego Castro the only repeat goal scorers.

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Glory manager Tony Popovic was hugely complimentary of his team’s performance, summing it up as a really good day for the side.

“Scoring six goals in front of our fans was quite special and we continue on a good run and we keep improving,” he said.

“Those chances that we’ve been creating early in the season are starting to go in.

“Overall I thought we played very well and it’s a shame we didn’t get that seventh goal.”

The victory over Newcastle was the club’s best attacking display for the season with superstars Castro and Fornaroli combining for three goals and two assists between them.

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With Glory holding a 2-1 lead at half-time and a 3-1 lead almost immediately after the break, the play opened up and the pair were allowed room in and behind the Jets’ lethargic back four.

Popovic said the most important part for his side was that they put consecutive wins together at home on the back of a very good result against Melbourne City.

“Now we need to recover well, enjoy our family time over Christmas, which is an important part of the year, and then really get ready for a tough away encounter,” he said.

“For us this a great way to finish off this part of the season before Christmas and I’m sure our fans will enjoy Christmas a lot more now.”

Newcastle coach Ernie Merrick was equally as complimentary of Perth’s finishing.

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“They’re a team that are very experienced, very dangerous up front, and clinical in their finishing,” he said.

“The better team was Perth, they really proved their worth in the second half.

“It was a bath, it could have been even worse.

“I’ve got to hand it to Tony, that’s three games in a row and they’re looking good again.”

Four of the five goals in the games against City and Wanderers were scored by central defenders and wing-back James Meredith both earnt the penalty and had a goal denied by VAR against Newcastle.

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After a slow start to the season having arrived late, Popovic was much happier with Meredith’s recent performances

“He just keeps improving, he’s a great person to coach and to have amongst the group,” he said.

“It’s a credit to him, he was well behind the group in terms of conditioning but he’s worked extremely hard and is now beginning to see and feel the results.”

Meredith has been a big factor in the change of fortunes for the Glory, getting himself to well-advanced positions in transitions and counter-attacks, and helping Perth keep their width.

Perth face Central Coast on New Year’s Eve in Gosford before their second bye round of the season.

Feature Image Credit: Darren Speedie

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