WA lockdown places Glory in the unknown

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As a team lacking any defensive structure all season, Perth Glory finally managed to secure some while their season plunged into chaos.

Though the side managed to secure a win, their short-term future is still uncertain; with news breaking just before the game the WA government will be placing the state in a five-day lockdown.

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It begs the question of what Perth will do.

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“We found out just before we left, and it did affect but we as a group we want to focus on what we can control,” Perth Glory coach Richard Garcia said.

With plans still uncertain, Perth head off to face Adelaide United away then try and make an effort to get back home after being away for just over one week. However, if the WA government extends its lockdown, the A-League may be forced to restructure more fixtures again.

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Perth’s next scheduled home game is against the Melbourne Victory on the 13th of February. If the WA lockdown is extended or further border limitations are announced, it could leave Perth stranded in another state.

With the news breaking so late in the day, Garcia acknowledged he had no idea what the future held for the club over the next couple of days.

Though Garcia admitted that his side was affected by the news, he also acknowledged his side’s growth.

“I think since we started the season since we got together as a group. Those guys are growing those behaviors and constantly growing within themselves, and as a team is fantastic.

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“We’re still growing our fitness, and after such a heavy schedule, you see that players are getting fatigued.”

Even though Glory managed to secure the win against City and show a performance lacking all season, it was the fewest number of goals they allowed all season after conceding five to Western United and two late goals to Victory.

Garcia admitted, “We still have a long way to go to be the team we envisage as a group… that will come in time with a lot of hard work.”

The wins see Perth move into the seventh position, only three points away from second-placed Brisbane Roar.

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