Kids do ‘very well’: Garcia praises young squad for debut performance

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Despite missing some key players, head coach Richard Garcia has praised the younger members of the Perth Glory squad for their efforts locking in a defeat of Adelaide United.

With popular names like Chris Ikonomidis, Osama Malik and Captain Diego Castro all ruled out from injury, Garcia said the remaining senior players worked well in helping out the younger team to a 5-3 win.

“The older guys in the squad really stepped up and helped those guys,” he said.

“You know when you’re a young player I think it really helps when you’ve got older pros who really take care with the young guys and help them along their way.”

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This year’s squad features several youth league players stepping up into the world of men’s football, and Garcia said he was sure to emphasise the importance of teamwork in the lead up to the game.

“We’ve made a real focus about team this year and making sure that we are playing together as a team,” he said.

“It’s good to see that from your senior guys that they’re willing to give the ball off and create for each other.”

Such tactics were evident in the performance with the team’s five goals shared across four different team members.

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Andy Keogh made two notable assists – a play the coach was pleased to see take place.

“I thought Bruno [Fornaroli] and Andy were fantastic tonight…they work for the team they don’t work for themselves,” Garcia said.

“When you’ve got players like that that bring other players with them, it’s good to have players like that in your squad.”

Moving forward, Garcia said he hoped the team’s positive results and performance would continue, confident in their abilities to succeed and grow throughout the season, young and old players alike.

“I’m confident in the group, I’m confident in their mentality and the way they go about things,” he said.

“I’m very confident of the group of leader’s that we’ve got in the squad and the fresh young talent that we’ve got so you know now it’s about growing from here.”

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