Finishing touch lacking for Perth in home defeat

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A 2-1 loss at home to Melbourne Victory on Saturday ensured Perth Glory will head into the new year without a W-League win, as they continue to leak goals and lack class in the front third.

Not for the first time this campaign Glory dominated large portions of the game and even had a penalty, but were unable to score enough goals to counteract their permeable back four.

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Glory central defender Kim Carroll was mostly focused on the side’s finishing in her evaluation of the defeat.

“Unfortunately, we’re just not finishing our chances and not having a lot of luck actually,” Carroll said.

“I don’t know what we’re missing, but we’re missing something.

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“We’re missing that last little bit in the final third, that little touch, control, finishing…hopefully it comes.”

Leticia McKenna scored Glory’s only goal, a smart finish from just inside the box that found the net via the far upright, but by then the deficit was already two, one which would prove too difficult.

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Last week’s 1-0 defeat to Melbourne City was the first time Perth had kept a first half clean sheet, but true to form this season Amy Jackson scored a first half goal to leave Perth on the back foot again.

“Obviously, the goals against in the first half suck because then you’re chasing the game,” Carroll said.

“I think the bar probably helped them a little bit today, but then again we didn’t close the ball down.

“If we can try and shut teams out – we shut City out for a half last week – we can start building.”

Carroll was surprisingly upbeat about the defensive group despite the lack of clean sheets exactly half way through the season.

“I think defensively we’re starting to get to where we want to play, we’ve just got to work on our attack now, holding the ball up when we need to, finishing chances when we can.”

An early run of home games mean that Perth will mostly have to hone their craft on the road in the back half of the season in an effort to sneak into the bottom end of the finals spots.

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Perth have just two of their last six games in Western Australia with one of those being in their second home Bunbury in the state’s South West.

Their next assignment is against Western Sydney, before another game in New South Wales against Newcastle the following week.

Feature Image Credit: Darren Speedie

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