Thomas: Connections are still developing at Glory

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Perth Glory’s Crystal Thomas is confident, despite the club being winless so far this season, her side’s scoring output will continue as connections develop.

Perth find themselves in eighth place, second last on the W-League table after eight games and one of only two winless teams.

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Early season form saw the side concede a concerning number of goals early in games but it’s their record of scoring just seven goals for the season that weighs heaviest on the mind.

“It’s important to keep in mind that we are improving every game,” Thomas said.

“With some of the team coming late, including myself, and having a new team – I think there are a lot of challenges with that.

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“Even just getting used to playing with each other, meshing well, and understanding the style of play that they want and the culture that we’re going for.”

A tough itinerary awaits Glory for the remainder of the season, as the majority of their home games were played in the first half of the season. Only one of their remaining four games will be played in Perth.

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The side will spend this week on the road together, setting up camp in Newcastle between last weekend’s away loss to Western Sydney Wanderers and Thursday night’s clash with Newcastle Jets.

Thomas was looking forward to spending more time with her new teammates and hoped it would provide a chance to continue to bond.

“I think this will be really helpful for us, it’s definitely what we need,” Thomas said.

“I think we’re starting to get used to playing together and in the last few games we’ve been connecting more and having some good combinations getting us to goal and I think if we can continue that, it will be key moving forward.

“In training, we’re making big strides and we need to just keep moving forward and that will be important in these last few games.”

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Thomas spoke highly of her strike partner Kat Jukic and was sure their personal connection would help the team going forward.

“She’s great to work with, she knows how to read the game really well, she has a lot of experience playing at a high level and she works really hard,” she said.

“A lot of time she will make a play that maybe someone else would have given up on, but she makes it.”

Three of Perth’s four last games are against opponents in the league’s top four. A tough month awaits for Bobby Despotovski’s rebuilding outfit, but it is sure to be a month with plenty of learning.

Sitting 12 points outside the finals positions it is mathematically impossible for the club to make finals, but an attitude as positive as Thomas’ should mean Perth are productive enough towards the end of the season.

Feature Image Credit: Darren Speedie

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