Garcia pleased after ‘flustered’ Glory defence rebounds to shut down Adelaide

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After a shaky first half, Perth Glory’s defence responded by keeping Adelaide United scoreless in the second half and enabling a come-from-behind 2-1 win.

 

The last time these teams went head to head this season the Glory defence conceded three, requiring their offensive teammates to put five past the Reds to take the win. 

Once Adelaide started breaking through Perth’s defensive lines in the opening half of Friday night’s game, many fans and pundits believed another scoring clinic would be on display.  

Although Ben Halloran’s pace helped United score the first goal of the match, the Glory were determined to make up for their defensive errors in the first half. 

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Realising that Perth’s back four were struggling to keep up with their speed, Adelaide introduced rapid youngster Mohammed Toure into the game at the start of the second half. 

Toure’s appearance made the Glory’s task even harder but the visitors were up for the challenge. 

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Even with the pace of Al Hassan and Mohammed Toure upfront, Perth tamed the speedsters and kept the Reds scoreless for the remainder of the match. 

Reflecting on his side’s performance, Glory head coach, Richard Garcia was delighted about the turnaround. 

“The guys at the back probably got a little bit flustered in the first half.

“Sometimes you get caught up in the game rather than having the composure to sit back.

“, he said. 

Garcia went on to discuss his back four’s efforts following the half time break. 

“In the second half, they were excellent. They did a great job of controlling Adelaide’s attacking threat.

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Including Friday’s victory, Perth has only conceded twice in their past two games. 

Garcia will hope the Glory can continue their solid defensive performances after a horror start to the year where they allowed eight goals over their opening two games. 

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Amir Daou
Amir Daou
Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity and Bachelor of Media and Communications student at Flinders University. Writing intern covering the latest in Adelaide United news and matches. Sport is my passion and I'm excited to learn more about the industry during my time with The Football Sack.

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